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Bears Family History

Bears Name Meaning

Possibly a variant of Welsh and English Pierce or (less probably) of Beers. Possibly a respelling of German Beers or the cognate Behrs.

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


Similar surnames: Bear, Bearss, Beers, Beans, Beas, Baars, Bearse, Byars, Pears, Beams

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Where is the Bears family from?

You can see how Bears families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bears family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bears families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 7 Bears families living in New York. This was about 21% of all the recorded Bears's in the USA. New York and 1 other state had the highest population of Bears families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Bears surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Bears ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Bears. 21% of Bears men worked as a Farmer and 23% of Bears women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bears were Salesman 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

  • Farmer
    21%
  • Laborer
    19%
  • Carpenter
    7%
  • Salesman
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    23%
  • Saleslady
    13%
  • Waitress
    13%
  • Maid
    10%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 936 immigration records available for the last name Bears. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Bears. For the veterans among your Bears ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bears lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Bears life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Bears in 1958 was 50, and 85 in 2004.

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