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Baer Name Meaning

German (Bär): from Middle High German ber ‘bear’, a nickname for someone thought to resemble the animal in some way, a metonymic occupational name for someone who kept a performing bear, or a habitational name for someone who lived at a house distinguished by the sign of a bear. In some cases, it may derive from a personal name containing this element. Jewish (Ashkenazic): Jewish (Ashkenazic): from the Yiddish male personal name Ber, from Yiddish ber ‘bear’. Dutch: from Middle Dutch baer ‘naked’, ‘bare’. Debrabandere suggests it may have been a nickname for someone who wore ragged clothes.

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


Similar surnames: Beer, Bahr, Bier, Bar, Barr, Bauer, Baker, Haer, Bader, Ber

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Where is the Baer family from?

You can see how Baer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Baer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Baer families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 12 Baer families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 38% of all the recorded Baer's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Baer families in 1840.
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What did your Baer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Baer. 11% of Baer men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Baer women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Baer were Clerk and Housekeeper.

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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

  • Laborer
    11%
  • Farmer
    10%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    9%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
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Census Records

There are 72,000 census records available for the last name Baer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Baer 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 18,000 immigration records available for the last name Baer. 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 19,000 military records available for the last name Baer. For the veterans among your Baer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Baer lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Baer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Baer in 1943 was 35, and 78 in 2004.

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