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Bayer Name Meaning

German, Scandinavian, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): regional name for someone from Bavaria (German Bayern). This region of southern Germany derives its name from that of the Celtic tribe of the Boii who once inhabited this area. They were displaced in the 6th century ad by a Germanic people, the Boioarii or Baiuarii, whose name is derived from that of their Celtic predecessors.

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


Similar surnames: Baer, Layer, Hayer, Bader, Bauer, Baker, Boyer, Mayer, Brayer, Beyer

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Where is the Bayer family from?

You can see how Bayer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bayer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bayer families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 14 Bayer families living in Ohio. This was about 33% of all the recorded Bayer's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Bayer families in 1840.
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What did your Bayer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Bayer. 12% of Bayer men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Bayer women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bayer were Carpenter and Maid.

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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
    12%
  • Farmer
    12%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Carpenter
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Stenographer
    6%
  • Maid
    6%
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Census Records

There are 67,000 census records available for the last name Bayer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bayer 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 16,000 immigration records available for the last name Bayer. 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 37,000 military records available for the last name Bayer. For the veterans among your Bayer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bayer lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Bayer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Bayer in 1942 was 38, and 79 in 2004.

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