Wear Family History

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Wear Name Meaning

topographic name for someone who lived by the Wear river in northern England. The river name is ancient, occuring in the form Vedra in Ptolemy’s Geographia; it is probably a Celtic word meaning ‘water’. topographic name for someone who lived near a dam or weir, a variant spelling of Ware 1, or a habitational name from a place called Weare, in Devon and Somerset, from Old English wær, wer ‘weir’.

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

Similar surnames: Weir, Bear, Pear, Wehr, Lear, Mears, Bean, Hoar, Haar, Dear

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Wear Family Origin

Where is the Wear family from?

Wear Family Occupations

What did your Wear ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Wear. 23% of Wear men worked as a General Labourer and 74% of Wear women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wear were Builders Labourer and Incapacitated

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Sheet Metal Worker
  • Bricklayer
  • Builders Labourer

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic Du
  • Incapacitated

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Wear Historical Records

What Wear family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 38,000 census records available for the last name Wear. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wear 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Wear. 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 9,000 military records available for the last name Wear. For the veterans among your Wear ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Wear Life Expectancy

What is the average Wear lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Wear life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Wear in 1944 was 50, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Wear

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Wear 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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