Steer Family History

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Steer Name Meaning

English (mainly Devon) and German: from Middle English steer, Middle Low German ster ‘bullock’, hence a nickname for a truculent person or a metonymic occupational name for someone who was responsible for tending cattle. South German: from Middle High German ster ‘ram’, probably a nickname for a hard-nosed, stubborn person.

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

Similar surnames: Speer, Stier, Stehr, Steuer, Styer, Steen, Steeb, Steeg, Stober

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Steer Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Steer name?

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


  • Sweden


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Steer Family Origin

Where is the Steer family from?

Steer Family Occupations

What did your Steer ancestors do for a living?

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

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Carpenter

  • Farmer

  • Labourer


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

Steer Historical Records

What Steer family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 101,000 census records available for the last name Steer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Steer 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Steer. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Steer. For the veterans among your Steer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Steer Life Expectancy

What is the average Steer lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Steer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Steer in 1954 was 48, and 79 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Steer

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Steer 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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