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Thayer Name Meaning

English (Gloucestershire and Somerset): from Middle English the eir ‘the heir’ with fused definite article. See Ayer .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Hayer, Haye, Mayer, Rayer, Traver, Hamer, Thaker, Chayer, Trayer

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Where is the Thayer family from?

You can see how Thayer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Thayer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Thayer families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 438 Thayer families living in Massachusetts. This was about 45% of all the recorded Thayer's in USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Thayer families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Thayer surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Thayer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Thayer. 13% of Thayer men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Thayer women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Thayer were Clerk and Housewife. .

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

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
    13%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Housewife
    7%
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Census Records

There are 125,000 census records available for the last name Thayer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Thayer census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 11,000 immigration records available for the last name Thayer. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 31,000 military records available for the last name Thayer. For the veterans among your Thayer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Thayer lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Thayer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Thayer in 1944 was 52, and 76 in 2004.

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