Danner last name popularity, history, and meaning

Find out how popular the last name Danner is in the United States and learn more about the meaning, history, and race and ethnic origin of people in America who are named Danner.

Meaning of Danner

Deriving from German, an occupational surname referring to someone who tanned hides or a dweller near a tannery.

Danner, like all of the last names we have data for, is identified by the U.S. Census Bureau as a surname which has more than 100 occurrences in the United States in the Decennial Census survey. The most recent statistics we have for the Danner surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Danner in America

Danner is the 3328th most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Danner surname appeared 10,786 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 4 people would have the surname Danner.

We can also compare 2010 data for Danner to data from the previous census in 2000. The table below contains all of the statistics for both years in a side-by-side comparison.

2010 2000 Change (%)
Rank 3328 3161 5.15%
Count 10,786 10,422 3.43%
Proportion per 100k 3.66 3.86 -5.32%

The history of the last name Danner

The surname Danner is of German origin, tracing its roots back to the Middle Ages. It is believed to have originated as an occupational name for a maker or seller of tinder, derived from the Old High German word "tanna" or "tanne," meaning pine tree or fir.

In the early days, the name was primarily concentrated in the regions of Bavaria and Baden-W├╝rttemberg in southern Germany. Some of the earliest recorded instances of the name can be found in the Bavarian town of Ingolstadt, where a certain Konrad Danner is mentioned in a document from 1387.

As the name spread across other parts of Germany, it underwent various spelling variations, such as Tanner, Tannert, and Dannert. These variations were often influenced by local dialects and scribal errors in record-keeping.

The Danner name also made its way into historical records and manuscripts. For instance, a Hans Danner is listed among the citizens of Nuremberg in the early 15th century. Additionally, a Bartholmeus Danner is mentioned in the Liber Obligationum, a legal record from the city of Frankfurt, in the year 1456.

Throughout history, several notable individuals have borne the surname Danner. One such figure was Johann Danner (1472-1548), a German theologian and reformer who played a significant role in the Protestant Reformation. Another was Georg Danner (1758-1825), a Bavarian painter and engraver known for his religious works.

In the realm of literature, Friedrich Danner (1880-1950) was a German poet and novelist who gained recognition for his works exploring rural life and folklore. Moving into more recent times, Karl Danner (1904-1977) was an Austrian actor and film director renowned for his contributions to the golden age of German cinema.

The Danner name has also been associated with various place names and locations throughout Germany. For example, the village of Dannerwitz in Saxony-Anhalt is believed to have derived its name from the surname, indicating a possible connection to early settlers or landowners in the area.

While the surname Danner has its origins in Germany, it has since spread to other parts of the world through migration and immigration. Nonetheless, its rich history and linguistic roots remain firmly grounded in the Germanic regions of central Europe.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Danner

We also have some data on the ancestry of people with the surname Danner.

The below race categories are the modified race categories used in the Census Bureau's population estimates program. All people were categorized into six mutually exclusive racial and Hispanic origin groups:

  1. White only
  2. Black only
  3. American Indian and Alaskan Native only
  4. Asian and Pacific Islander only
  5. Hispanic
  6. Two or More Races

For the most recent 2010 census data, the race/ethnic origin breakdown for Danner was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 83.91% 9,051
Non-Hispanic Black Only 10.85% 1,170
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 0.53% 57
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.49% 53
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 2.01% 217
Hispanic Origin 2.21% 238

Note: Any fields showing (S) means the data was suppressed for privacy so that the data does not in any way identify any specific individuals.

Since we have data from the previous census in 2000, we can also compare the values to see how the popularity of Danner has changed in the 10 years between the two census surveys.

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 83.91% 86.31% -2.82%
Black 10.85% 10.48% 3.47%
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.53% 0.38% 32.97%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.49% 0.30% 48.10%
Two or More Races 2.01% 1.30% 42.90%
Hispanic 2.21% 1.24% 56.23%

Data source

The last name data and ethnic breakdown of last names is sourced directly from the Decennial Census survey, conducted every 10 years by the United States Census Bureau.

The history and meaning of the name Danner was researched and written by our team of onomatology and genealogy experts.

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