Lear Family History

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Lear Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places in northern France named with the Germanic element lar ‘clearing’. English: variant of Layer. English: nickname from Old English hleor ‘cheek’, ‘face’ . Irish: reduced Anglicization of Gaelic Mac Giolla Uidhir ‘son of the swarthy lad’ or ‘son of the servant of Odhar’, a byname from odhar (genitive uidhir) ‘dun-colored’, ‘weatherbeaten’. Compare McAleer.

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

Similar surnames: Bear, Dear, Lean, Leaf, Pear, Wear, Clear, Fear, Kear, Leap

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Lear Family Origin

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Lear Family Occupations

What did your Lear ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Lear occupation in the UK was Labourer. 5% of Lear's were Labourers. A less common occupation for the Lear family was Fisherman. Labourer, Coal Miner and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Lear.

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  • Labourer

  • Coal Miner

  • Farmer

  • Fisherman


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

Lear Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 69,000 census records available for the last name Lear. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lear 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Lear. 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 16,000 military records available for the last name Lear. For the veterans among your Lear ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Lear Life Expectancy

What is the average Lear lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Lear life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 1951. The average life expectancy for Lear in 1944 was 35, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Lear 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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