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Fears Family History

Fears Name Meaning

English: patronymic from Fear.

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


Similar surnames: Sears, Mears, Fearn, Bears, Wears, Gears, Pears, Peers, Shears

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Where is the Fears family from?

You can see how Fears families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Fears family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Fears families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 14 Fears families living in Massachusetts. This was about 27% of all the recorded Fears's in the USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Fears families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Fears surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Fears ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Fears. 28% of Fears men worked as a Laborer and 17% of Fears women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Fears were Salesman 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

  • Laborer
    28%
  • Farmer
    24%
  • Carpenter
    5%
  • Salesman
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    17%
  • Cook
    10%
  • Housework
    10%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
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Census Records

There are 15,000 census records available for the last name Fears. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Fears 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 687 immigration records available for the last name Fears. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Fears. For the veterans among your Fears ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Fears lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Fears life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Fears in 1947 was 41, and 71 in 2004.

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