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Gier Family History

Gier Name Meaning

German: nickname from Middle High German gir ‘greedy’, ‘rapacious’. North German: Low German form of Geyer.

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


Similar surnames: Bier, Nier, Dier, Zier, Gaier, Pier, Piper, Gies, Fier, Piker

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Where is the Gier family from?

You can see how Gier families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gier family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gier families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 10 Gier families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 37% of all the recorded Gier's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Gier families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Gier surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Gier ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Gier. 27% of Gier men worked as a Laborer and 15% of Gier women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gier were Truck Driver and Saleslady.

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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
    27%
  • Farmer
    19%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
    15%
  • Housekeeper
    10%
  • Housewife
    10%
  • Saleslady
    10%
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Census Records

There are 9,000 census records available for the last name Gier. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gier 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Gier. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Gier. For the veterans among your Gier ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gier lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Gier life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Gier in 1943 was 49, and 71 in 2004.

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