Turner Family History

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Turner Name Meaning

English and Scottish: occupational name for a maker of objects of wood, metal, or bone by turning on a lathe, from Anglo-Norman French torner (Old French tornier, Latin tornarius, a derivative of tornus ‘lathe’). The surname may also derive from any of various other senses of Middle English turn, for example a turnspit, a translator or interpreter, or a tumbler. English: nickname for a fast runner, from Middle English turnen ‘to turn’ + ‘hare’. English: occupational name for an official in charge of a tournament, Old French tornei (in origin akin to 1). Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): habitational name from a place called Turno or Turna, in Poland and Belarus, or from the city of Tarnów (Yiddish Turne) in Poland. Translated or Americanized form of any of various other like-meaning or like-sounding Jewish surnames. South German (T(h)ürner): occupational name for a guard in a tower or a topographic name from Middle High German turn ‘tower’, or a habitational name for someone from any of various places named Thurn, for example in Austria.

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

Similar surnames: Berner, Tanner, Lerner, Horner, Murner, Turney, Gunner, Turek, Tuller

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Turner Family Origin

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Turner Family Occupations

What did your Turner ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Turner occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 4% of Turner's were Agricultural Labourers. Agricultural Labourer, Labourer and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Turner. A less common occupation for the Turner family was Coal Miner.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Coal Miner


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Turner Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 2 million census records available for the last name Turner. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Turner 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 388,000 immigration records available for the last name Turner. 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 377,000 military records available for the last name Turner. For the veterans among your Turner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Turner Life Expectancy

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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Turner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Turner in 1940 was 43, and 72 in 2004.

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