Dyer Family History

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Dyer Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a dyer of cloth, Middle English dyer (from Old English deag ‘dye’; the verb is a back-formation from the agent noun). This surname also occurs in Scotland, but Lister is a more common equivalent there. Irish (Counties Sligo and Roscommon): usually a short form of MacDyer, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Duibhir ‘son of Duibhir’, a short form of a personal name composed of the elements dubh ‘dark’, ‘black’ + odhar ‘sallow’, ‘tawny’.

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

Similar surnames: Dwyer, Dier, Dryer, Tyer, Duer, Myer, Dye, Tye, Lier, Deer

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Dyer Family Origin

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Dyer Family Occupations

What did your Dyer ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Dyer occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 4% of Dyer's were Agricultural Labourers. Agricultural Labourer, Labourer and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Dyer. A less common occupation for the Dyer family was Carpenter.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Carpenter


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

Dyer Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 453,000 census records available for the last name Dyer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dyer 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 42,000 immigration records available for the last name Dyer. 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 71,000 military records available for the last name Dyer. For the veterans among your Dyer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Dyer Life Expectancy

What is the average Dyer lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Dyer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Dyer in 1941 was 42, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Dyer

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Dyer 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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