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Cleary Name Meaning

Irish (especially Tipperary): from Ó Cléirigh ‘descendant of Cléireach’ a name meaning ‘clerk’ or ‘cleric’. Ó Cléirigh is a famous learned family in Ireland. The less common surname McCleary formed with the article Mac an Chléirigh ‘son of the cleric’ is a variant. Both Irish names are also commonly Anglicized by translation as Clarke . Scottish: variant of McCleary .

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

Similar surnames: Leary, Clary, Clardy, Mclear, Creary, Geary, Neary, Lear, Keary

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Where is the Cleary family from?

You can see how Cleary families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cleary family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cleary families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 7 Cleary families living in Maryland. This was about 25% of all the recorded Cleary's in USA. Maryland had the highest population of Cleary families in 1840.
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What did your Cleary ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Cleary. 11% of Cleary men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Cleary women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cleary were Clerk and Housewife. .

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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
  • Salesman
  • Farmer
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
  • Clerk
  • Housewife
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Passenger Lists

There are 30,000 immigration records available for the last name Cleary. 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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There are 22,000 military records available for the last name Cleary. For the veterans among your Cleary ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cleary lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Cleary life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Cleary in 1945 was 49, and 77 in 2004.

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