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Eager Family History

Eager Name Meaning

English: in most cases probably a variant of Agar or Ager . The name might also have arisen as a nickname from Middle English egre ‘sharp sour’ (Old French aigre) which developed various transferred senses when applied to people including ‘impetuous’ ‘fierce’ and ‘angry’ and is the source of the modern English word eager. However no Middle English examples of this kind have been found. Irish (Cork and Wexford): variant of English Agar . Compare Eagar .

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


Similar surnames: Ager, Edger, Eger, Eaker, Egger, Eagar, Dager, Sager, Mager, Wager

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Where is the Eager family from?

You can see how Eager families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Eager family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Eager families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 26 Eager families living in Massachusetts. This was about 35% of all the recorded Eager's in USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Eager families in 1840.
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What did your Eager ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Eager. 17% of Eager men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Eager women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Eager were Manager and Secretary. .

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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
    17%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Manager
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
    8%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Housework
    7%
  • Secretary
    7%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Eager. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Eager. For the veterans among your Eager ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Eager lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Eager life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Eager in 1948 was 36, and 77 in 2004.

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