When Ross D Wagner was born on 13 June 1882, in Hull, Sioux, Iowa, United States, his father, James Wesley Wagner, was 23 and his mother, Inez Amelia Whitney, was 22. He married Cora Luella Beckman on 16 April 1907, in Sioux City, Woodbury, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Magnolia, Rock, Minnesota, United States in 1910 and Bernadotte Township, Nicollet, Minnesota, United States in 1920. He died on 21 August 1947, in Orange, Orange, California, United States, at the age of 65, and was buried in Fairhaven Memorial Park, Santa Ana, Orange, California, United States.
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) (also Wägner): occupational name for a carter and (in some dialects) a cartwright, from an agent derivative of Middle High German wagen ‘cart, wagon’, German Wagen. This surname is also established in many other parts of Europe, notably in France (Alsace and Lorraine), Britain, Poland, and Denmark. In Hungary it is mostly spelled Wágner and Vágner. In Russia, Czechia, Croatia, Slovenia, and Slovakia it is also found in the Slavicized form Vagner . Compare Wagener , Waggener , and Wagoner .
Dutch and perhaps also English: occupational name from Middle Dutch waghenaer ‘carter’ (compare 1 above). The Dutch word is not known to have been borrowed into English before 1600 but the surname Wagner is recorded in Norfolk (England) from 1379, perhaps a substitution of the Dutch word for Middle English wainer. Compare Waggoner .