Clary Family History

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Clary Name Meaning

Irish: variant of Cleary or a reduced form of McClary. English: perhaps from Middle English clary, clarie ‘clary’ (the pot herb Salvia sclarea), a topographic name for someone who lived where the plant grew or a metonymic occupational name for a herb seller.

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

Similar surnames: Clay, Clare, Clark, Lary, Clarey, Chard, Crary, Cleary, Clapp, Clardy

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Clary Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Clary name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Clary. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Clary Family Origin

Where is the Clary family from?

Clary Family Occupations

What did your Clary ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Clary. A less common occupation for the Clary family was Farm Laborer. The most common Clary occupation in the USA was Farmer. 37% of Clary's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Clary ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Clary Historical Records

What Clary family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 69,000 census records available for the last name Clary. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Clary census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Clary. 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 Card

There are 14,000 military records available for the last name Clary. For the veterans among your Clary ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Clary Life Expectancy

What is the average Clary lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Clary life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Clary in 1940 was 58, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Clary ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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