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Shearer Family History

Shearer Name Meaning
Scottish and northern English: from an agent derivative of Middle English schere(n) ‘to shear’; an occupational name for a sheep shearer or someone who used scissors to trim the surface of finished cloth and remove excessive nap. Middle English schere denoted shears and scissors of all sizes.

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

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144,945 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
20,872 Military Records
15,320 Immigration Records
135,589 Census and Voter Lists
401,126 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Shearer Families

  • Number of Shearer families
     383 - 763
     128 - 382
     1 - 127
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Shearer families
     84 - 165
     29 - 83
     1 - 28
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Shearer families
     545 - 1,087
     182 - 544
     1 - 181
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Shearer Family Origin

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Shearer Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Shearer

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Shearer Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Shearer census records

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Shearer Civil War Service Records

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