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Byers Surname Meaning

Scottish (Borders) and English (Cumberland and Durham): topographic name for someone who lived by a cattleshed Middle English byre or a habitational name from any of several places called with Old English b̄re ‘cattleshed’ for example Byers Green in County Durham or Byres near Edinburgh. English: variant of Byer with either an original plural or a post-medieval excrescent -s. English: variant of Byas . Americanized form of German and Dutch Beyers or Bayer or of some other similar (like-sounding) surname. Compare Bayers and Byars .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Beers, Syers, Byars, Boyer, Byas, Byerly, Bryers, Biers, Moers, Boers

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Where is the Byers family from?

You can see how Byers families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Byers family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Byers families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 291 Byers families living in Cumberland. This was about 23% of all the recorded Byers's in United Kingdom. Cumberland had the highest population of Byers families in 1891.
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What did your Byers ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Byers. 25% of Byers men worked as a General Labourer and 76% of Byers women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Byers were Builders Labourer and Incapacitated. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Incapacitated
  • Farmer
  • Builders Labourer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Incapacitated
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Byers. 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 Cards

There are 31,000 military records available for the last name Byers. For the veterans among your Byers ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Byers lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Byers life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Byers in 1940 was 51, and 74 in 2004.

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