Archer Family History

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Archer Name Meaning

English: from Old French arch(i)er, Middle English archere, hence an occupational name for an archer. This Norman French word partially replaced the native English word bowman in the 14th century. In North America this surname may have absorbed some cases of European cognates such as French Archier.

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

Similar surnames: Larcher, Arciero, Acker, Hatcher, Archey, Parcher, Arber, Ascher

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Archer Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Archer name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Archer. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Archer Family Origin

Where is the Archer family from?

Archer Family Occupations

What did your Archer ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Archer family was Coal Miner. Agricultural Labourer, Labourer and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Archer. The most common Archer occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 5% of Archer's were Agricultural Labourers.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Coal Miner


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

Archer Historical Records

What Archer family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 427,000 census records available for the last name Archer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Archer 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 45,000 immigration records available for the last name Archer. 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 49,000 military records available for the last name Archer. For the veterans among your Archer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Archer Life Expectancy

What is the average Archer lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Archer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Archer in 1940 was 35, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Archer 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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