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Dyer Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a dyer of cloth, Middle English dyer (from Old English deag ‘dye’; the verb is a back-formation from the agent noun). This surname also occurs in Scotland, but Lister is a more common equivalent there. Irish (Counties Sligo and Roscommon): usually a short form of MacDyer, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Duibhir ‘son of Duibhir’, a short form of a personal name composed of the elements dubh ‘dark’, ‘black’ + odhar ‘sallow’, ‘tawny’.

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


Similar surnames: Dwyer, Dier, Dryer, Tyer, Duer, Myer, Dye, Tye, Lier, Deer

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Where is the Dyer family from?

You can see how Dyer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dyer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dyer families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 196 Dyer families living in Maine. This was about 20% of all the recorded Dyer's in the USA. Maine had the highest population of Dyer families in 1840.
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What did your Dyer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Dyer. 16% of Dyer men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Dyer women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dyer were Truck Driver and Housekeeper.

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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

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

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    7%
  • Housewife
    6%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
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Census Records

There are 453,000 census records available for the last name Dyer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dyer 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 42,000 immigration records available for the last name Dyer. 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 71,000 military records available for the last name Dyer. For the veterans among your Dyer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dyer lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Dyer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Dyer in 1941 was 42, and 75 in 2004.

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