Beer Family History

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Beer Name Meaning

English (West Country): habitational name from any of the forty or so places in southwestern England called Beer(e) or Bear(e). Most of these derive their names from the West Saxon dative case, beara, of Old English bearu ‘grove’, ‘wood’ (the standard Old English dative bearwe being preserved in Barrow). Some may be from Old English b?r ‘swine pasture’. North German and Dutch: from Middle Low German bare, Middle Dutch bere ‘bear’, applied as a nickname for someone thought to resemble the animal in some way, or as a metonymic occupational name for someone who kept a performing bear. Alternatively, it could have been a habitational name for someone who lived at a house distinguished by the sign of a bear, or from a Germanic personal name with this as the first element. See also Baer, Bahr. Respelling of Swiss German Bier.

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

Similar surnames: Baer, Bear, Bier, Leer, Been, Heer, Beers, Buer, Bee, Beger

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Beer Family Origin

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Beer Family Occupations

What did your Beer ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Beer occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 7% of Beer's were Agricultural Labourers. Agricultural Labourer, Labourer and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Beer. A less common occupation for the Beer family was Farmer.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Carpenter

  • Farmer


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

Beer Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 128,000 census records available for the last name Beer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Beer 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 22,000 immigration records available for the last name Beer. 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 24,000 military records available for the last name Beer. For the veterans among your Beer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Beer Life Expectancy

What is the average Beer lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Beer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Beer in 1943 was 38, and 79 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Beer 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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