Bear Name Meaning

English: from the Middle English nickname Bere meaning ‘bear’ (Old English bera, which is also found as a byname), or possibly from a personal name derived from a short form of the various Germanic compound names with this first element. Compare for example Bernhard. The bear has generally been regarded with a mixture of fear and amusement because of its strength and unpredictable temper on the one hand and its clumsy gait on the other, and in the medieval period it was also thought to typify the sins of sloth and gluttony. All these characteristics are no doubt reflected in the nickname. Throughout the Middle Ages the bear was a familiar figure in popular entertainments such as bear baiting and dancing bears. English: variant spelling of the habitational name Beer. Probably a translation of cognates of 1 in other languages, for example German Baer, and also an Americanized spelling of German Bahr.

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

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  • Farmer

    41%
  • Laborer

    8%
  • Keeping House

    7%
  • Carpenter

    3%

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Bear family was Carpenter. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bear. The most common Bear occupation in the USA was Farmer. 41% of Bear's were Farmers.

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Between 1943 and 2004, Bear life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Bear in 1943 was 39, and 75 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Bear

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