Dryer Family History

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Dryer Name Meaning

English: from an agent derivative of Old English dr¯gean ‘to dry’; possibly an occupational name for a drier of cloth. In the Middle Ages, after cloth had been dyed and fulled, it was stretched out in tenterfields to dry. Altered spelling of German Dreier or Dreyer.

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

Similar surnames: Cryer, Dreyer, Dyer, Drayer, Hayer, Driver, Denyer, Preyer, Bruer

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Dryer Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Dryer name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Dryer. 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


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • European Jewish


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Dryer Family Origin

Where is the Dryer family from?

Dryer Family Occupations

What did your Dryer ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Labourer, Tailor and Baker And Grocer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Dryer. A less common occupation for the Dryer family was Cabinet Maker. The most common Dryer occupation in the UK was Labourer. 12% of Dryer's were Labourers.

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  • Labourer

  • Tailor

  • Baker And Grocer

  • Cabinet Maker


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

Dryer Historical Records

What Dryer family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 25,000 census records available for the last name Dryer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dryer 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Dryer. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Dryer. For the veterans among your Dryer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Dryer Life Expectancy

What is the average Dryer lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Dryer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Dryer in 1958 was 34, and 81 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Dryer

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Dryer 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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