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Clear Name Meaning

English: probably a habitational name from clere, a component of several place names in north Hampshire (Highclere, Burghclere, Kingsclere). This is of uncertain origin, probably from a Celtic stream name meaning ‘bright’ (cognate with Latin clarus ‘clear’, ‘bright’). English and Irish: variant of Clare. Translation of German Klar 1.

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


Similar surnames: Clare, Lear, Claar, Caesar, Claro, Leaf, Clar, Leer, Cleve, Crear

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Where is the Clear family from?

You can see how Clear families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Clear family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Clear families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 8 Clear families living in Virginia. This was about 22% of all the recorded Clear's in the USA. Virginia had the highest population of Clear families in 1840.
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What did your Clear ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Clear. 20% of Clear men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Clear women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Clear 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
    20%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Salesman
    11%
  • Truck Driver
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    11%
  • Housewife
    10%
  • Maid
    9%
  • Teacher
    7%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Clear. 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 11,000 military records available for the last name Clear. For the veterans among your Clear ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Clear lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Clear life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1965. The average life expectancy for Clear in 1943 was 42, and 77 in 2004.

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