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Byers Name Meaning

Scottish and northern English: topographic name for someone who lived by a cattleshed, Middle English byre, or a habitational name with the same meaning, from any of several places named with Old English b¯re, for example Byers Green in County Durham or Byres near Edinburgh. Americanized spelling of German Bayers.

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


Similar surnames: Beers, Syers, Byars, Boyer, Byas, Byerly, Bryers, Biers, Moers, Boers

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Where is the Byers family from?

You can see how Byers families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Byers family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Byers families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 121 Byers families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 36% of all the recorded Byers's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Byers families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Byers surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Byers ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Byers. 16% of Byers men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Byers women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Byers were Truck Driver and Teacher.

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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
    16%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    7%
  • Maid
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Teacher
    7%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Byers. 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 31,000 military records available for the last name Byers. For the veterans among your Byers ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Byers lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Byers life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Byers in 1940 was 51, and 74 in 2004.

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