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Blair Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from any of numerous places in Scotland called Blair named with Scottish Gaelic blàr (genitive blàir) ‘plain field’ especially a battlefield (Irish blár). There were families of this name in the Middle Ages taking their names from any of the places called Blair in Dysart parish Fife Dalry parish Ayrshire and Blairgowrie in Perthshire. Americanized form of French Belair and Blais .

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

Similar surnames: Blain, Blamer, Adair, Blake, Baar, Brain, Nair, Braid, Baird, Bail

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Where is the Blair family from?

You can see how Blair families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Blair family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Blair families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 159 Blair families living in Ohio. This was about 16% of all the recorded Blair's in USA. Ohio had the highest population of Blair families in 1840.
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What did your Blair ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Blair. 16% of Blair men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Blair women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Blair were Truck Driver 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
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Maid
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Census Records

There are 461,000 census records available for the last name Blair. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Blair 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 65,000 immigration records available for the last name Blair. 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 83,000 military records available for the last name Blair. For the veterans among your Blair ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Blair lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Blair life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Blair in 1941 was 36, and 73 in 2004.

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