Shier Family History

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Shier Name Meaning

English and Irish (County Limerick): variant of Shire. Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): metonymic occupational name for a Talmudic teacher, from Yiddish shier ‘lesson of the Talmud’. Americanized spelling of German Schier.

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

Similar surnames: Spier, Shirer, Sher, Stier, Shaer, Shimer, Speer, Shiver, Sheer

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Shier Family Origin

Where is the Shier family from?

Shier Family Occupations

What did your Shier ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Labourer, Ag Labourer and Assistant Deer Keeper (Game) were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Shier. A less common occupation for the Shier family was Carman. The most common Shier occupation in the UK was Labourer. 10% of Shier's were Labourers.

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  • Labourer

  • Ag Labourer

  • Assistant Deer Keeper (Game)

  • Carman


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

Shier Historical Records

What Shier family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 18,000 census records available for the last name Shier. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shier 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Shier. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Shier. For the veterans among your Shier ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Shier Life Expectancy

What is the average Shier lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Shier life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Shier in 1953 was 47, and 70 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Shier

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Shier 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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