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Geary Name Meaning

Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Gadhra ‘descendant of Gadhra’ (see O’Gara). See also McGeary. English: from a personal name derived from Germanic ger, gar ‘spear’, a short form of any of various compound names with this as a first element (see, for example Garrett). English: nickname for a wayward or capricious person, from Middle English ge(a)ry ‘fickle’, ‘changeable’, ‘passionate’ (a derivative of gere ‘fit of passion’, apparently a Scandinavian borrowing). Possibly an altered spelling of German Gehring or Gehrig.

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


Similar surnames: Gear, Merry, Berry, Keary, Gary, Gerry, Weary, Geer, Terry, Neary

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Where is the Geary family from?

You can see how Geary families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Geary family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Geary families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 14 Geary families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 40% of all the recorded Geary's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Geary families in 1840.
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What did your Geary ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Geary. 15% of Geary men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Geary women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Geary were Clerk 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
    15%
  • Farmer
    8%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Clerk
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    5%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 15,000 immigration records available for the last name Geary. 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 19,000 military records available for the last name Geary. For the veterans among your Geary ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Geary lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Geary life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Geary in 1942 was 46, and 80 in 2004.

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