Lightner Family History

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Lightner Name Meaning

Americanized spelling of German Leitner. Americanized spelling of German Lichtner, a habitational name from any of various places called Lichten or Lichtenau in southern Germany and Austria.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Lighter, Lindner, Lichter, Rittner, Righter, Lightle, Wittner

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Lightner Family Origin

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Lightner Family Occupations

What did your Lightner ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Lightner family was Carpenter. The most common Lightner occupation in the USA was Farmer. 34% of Lightner's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Lightner.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Lightner ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Lightner Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 24,000 census records available for the last name Lightner. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lightner census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Lightner. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 5,000 military records available for the last name Lightner. For the veterans among your Lightner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Lightner Life Expectancy

What is the average Lightner lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Lightner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Lightner in 1942 was 51, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Lightner

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Lightner ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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