Cleary Family History

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Cleary Name Meaning

Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Cléirigh (or Mac Cléirigh) ‘descendant (or son) of the scribe, clerk, or cleric (cléireach)’, also commonly Anglicized as Clark.

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

Similar surnames: Leary, Clary, Clardy, Mclear, Creary, Geary, Neary, Lear, Keary

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Cleary Family Origin

Where is the Cleary family from?

Cleary Family Occupations

What did your Cleary ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Labourer, Coal Miner and Tailor were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Cleary. A less common occupation for the Cleary family was Annuitant. The most common Cleary occupation in the UK was Labourer. 12% of Cleary's were Labourers.

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  • Labourer

  • Coal Miner

  • Tailor

  • Annuitant


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

Cleary Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 150,000 census records available for the last name Cleary. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cleary 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 30,000 immigration records available for the last name Cleary. 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 22,000 military records available for the last name Cleary. For the veterans among your Cleary ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Cleary Life Expectancy

What is the average Cleary lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Cleary life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Cleary in 1945 was 49, and 77 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Cleary

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Cleary 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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