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Fear Family History

Fear Name Meaning

English:: nickname for a sociable person from Middle English fe(a)re feer ‘comrade companion’ (Old English (ge)fēra). nickname for a proud or haughty person from Middle English fere feer ‘proud bold strong fierce’ (Old French f(i)er). nickname perhaps occasionally from Middle English fer(e) feer ‘fear’ (Old English fǣr). (of Norman origin): habitational name perhaps from La Fère in Aisne France or a topographic name from Middle English fare fere (Old English fær) ‘road passage ford ferry’.

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


Similar surnames: Pear, Dear, Bear, Lear, Kear, Gear, Fair, Ferry, Sears, Peak

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Where is the Fear family from?

You can see how Fear families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Fear family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Fear families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 5 Fear families living in Indiana. This was about 42% of all the recorded Fear's in USA. Indiana had the highest population of Fear families in 1840.
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What did your Fear ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Waitress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Fear. 23% of Fear men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Fear women worked as a Waitress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Fear were Clerk and Maid. .

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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
    23%
  • Laborer
    18%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Clerk
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Waitress
    11%
  • Housewife
    9%
  • Clerk
    9%
  • Maid
    8%
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Census Records

There are 34,000 census records available for the last name Fear. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Fear 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Fear. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Fear. For the veterans among your Fear ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Fear lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Fear life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Fear in 1945 was 29, and 74 in 2004.

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