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

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Wear Family Occupations

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  • Coal Miner

    8%
  • Labourer

    3%
  • Dressmaker

    2%
  • Bricklayer

    2%

In 1881, Coal Miner, Labourer and Dressmaker were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Wear. The most common Wear occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 8% of Wear's were Coal Miners. A less common occupation for the Wear family was Bricklayer.

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Wear Historical Records

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Wear Life Expectancy

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United States

Between 1944 and 2004, 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.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Wear

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