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What does Turner mean?

Turner Pronunciation of Turner [turn-er] as a boys' name is of Middle English origin, and the meaning of Turner is "wood-worker". Occupational name. "Turning" was a term for the use of a lathe, which was used in the 16th and 17th centuries for decorations on furniture. Painter JMW Turner.

Associated with: wood (tree), 16th century, 17th century.


Creative forms:
(male) Turnry, ..

(female) Turnya, ..

Middle name pairings:
Turner Elvin (T.E.), ..

How popular is Turner?

Turner is an uncommonly occurring first name for men but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#49 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Turner was first listed in 1880-1889 and reached its apex rank of #467 in the U.S. then, and is at #924 currently. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Turner name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Turner outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Abner, Banner, Barber, Berger, Buhler, Burne, Burnel (see Burnell), Burnet, Burney, Butler, Currier, Cutler, Cuyler, Einer, Ferrer, Fryer, Fuller, Gardner, Garner, Garnier, Greer, Gunner, Gurinder, Harper, Heiner, Joiner, Konner, Kuefer (see Kiefer), Luther, Mariner, Marmer, Miner, Muller, Muneer, Porter, Reiner, Stoner, Sumner, Tailer, Tannen, Tanner, Tanney, Tarek, Taren, Tareq, Tarren, Tayber, Teger, Telfer, Tern, Terrel, Thurle, Tiarney, Tiger, Toney, Torbert, Tore, Toren, Torey, Torger, Torr, Tre, Trey, True, Tucker, Tune, Tupper, Turck, Turk, Tynen, Tyrel, Verner, Wagner, Warner and Werner. These names tend to be more commonly used than Turner.

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