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Freer Name Meaning

English: from Old French and Middle English frere ‘friar’ (Latin frater, literally ‘brother’). This was a status name for a member a religious order, especially a mendicant order, and may also have been a nickname for a pious person or for someone employed at a monastery. Americanized spelling of French Frère (see Frere). North German and Dutch: cognate of Friedrich.

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


Similar surnames: Free, Breer, Freel, Filer, Speer, Freier, Fleer, Steer, Reder, Frier

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Where is the Freer family from?

You can see how Freer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Freer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Freer families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 90 Freer families living in New York. This was about 73% of all the recorded Freer's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Freer families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Freer surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Freer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Freer. 14% of Freer men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Freer women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Freer 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

  • Farmer
    14%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Carpenter
    6%
  • Salesman
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    10%
  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Housewife
    9%
  • Housekeeper
    9%
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Census Records

There are 53,000 census records available for the last name Freer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Freer 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 58,000 immigration records available for the last name Freer. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Freer. For the veterans among your Freer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Freer lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Freer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Freer in 1945 was 51, and 77 in 2004.

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