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Speer Family History

Speer Name Meaning
German and Dutch: from Middle High German, Middle Dutch sper ‘spear’, hence a nickname for a tall, thin person, or else for a skilled user of the hunting spear. In part it may also have been a metonymic occupational name for a maker of spears.German: nickname for someone thought to resemble a sparrow, Middle High German spar(e) ‘sparrow’.Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Speyer.Northern Irish: variant spelling of Speir.

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

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Name Distribution of Speer Families

  • Number of Speer families
     91 - 179
     31 - 90
     1 - 30
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Speer families
     112 - 221
     38 - 111
     1 - 37
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Speer families
     4 - 5
     2 - 3
     1
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Speer Family Origin

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Speer Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Speer

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Speer Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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Speer Civil War Service Records

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