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Hayer Name Meaning

English: variant of Ayer. English: topographic name for someone who lived by an enclosure, Middle English hay (see Hay 1) + the suffix -er(e) denoting an inhabitant. French: occupational name for a warder of woodland, from an agent derivative of Old French haye ‘hedge’, ‘enclosed forest’. South German: from an agent derivative of Middle High German heien ‘to guard or protect’, hence an occupational name for a warden of woodland or crops. Indian (Panjab): Sikh name based on the name of a Jat clan, also called Her.

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

Similar surnames: Sayer, Hayes, Hager, Hamer, Heyer, Layer, Haye, Haver, Haler, Haer

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Where is the Hayer family from?

You can see how Hayer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hayer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hayer families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Hayer families living in North Carolina. This was about 33% of all the recorded Hayer's in the USA. North Carolina had the highest population of Hayer families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Hayer surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Hayer ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Colliery Hewer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Hayer. 34% of Hayer men worked as a Colliery Hewer and 80% of Hayer women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hayer were Sheet Metal Worker and Domestic Duties.

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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.

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • Colliery Hewer
  • Carpenter joiner
  • Sheet Metal Worker

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Shorthand Typist
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Domestic Duties
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Hayer. 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 Hayer. For the veterans among your Hayer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hayer lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Hayer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Hayer in 1957 was 44, and 92 in 2004.

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