Geary Family History

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Geary Name Meaning

Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Gadhra ‘descendant of Gadhra’ (see O’Gara). See also McGeary. English: from a personal name derived from Germanic ger, gar ‘spear’, a short form of any of various compound names with this as a first element (see, for example Garrett). English: nickname for a wayward or capricious person, from Middle English ge(a)ry ‘fickle’, ‘changeable’, ‘passionate’ (a derivative of gere ‘fit of passion’, apparently a Scandinavian borrowing). Possibly an altered spelling of German Gehring or Gehrig.

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

Similar surnames: Gear, Merry, Berry, Keary, Gary, Gerry, Weary, Geer, Terry, Neary

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Geary Family Origin

Where is the Geary family from?

Geary Family Occupations

What did your Geary ancestors do for a living?

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

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Tailor

  • Farmer


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

Geary Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 125,000 census records available for the last name Geary. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Geary 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 15,000 immigration records available for the last name Geary. 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 19,000 military records available for the last name Geary. For the veterans among your Geary ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Geary Life Expectancy

What is the average Geary lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Geary life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Geary in 1942 was 46, and 80 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Geary 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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