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Lear Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places in northern France named with the Germanic element lar ‘clearing’. English: variant of Layer. English: nickname from Old English hleor ‘cheek’, ‘face’ . Irish: reduced Anglicization of Gaelic Mac Giolla Uidhir ‘son of the swarthy lad’ or ‘son of the servant of Odhar’, a byname from odhar (genitive uidhir) ‘dun-colored’, ‘weatherbeaten’. Compare McAleer.

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


Similar surnames: Bear, Dear, Lean, Leaf, Pear, Wear, Clear, Fear, Kear, Leap

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Where is the Lear family from?

You can see how Lear families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lear family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lear families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 26 Lear families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 20% of all the recorded Lear's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Lear families in 1840.
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What did your Lear ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Lear. 17% of Lear men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Lear women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lear were Truck Driver 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
    17%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    8%
  • Maid
    7%
  • Stenographer
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    5%
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Census Records

There are 69,000 census records available for the last name Lear. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lear 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Lear. 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 16,000 military records available for the last name Lear. For the veterans among your Lear ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lear lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Lear life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 1951. The average life expectancy for Lear in 1944 was 35, and 73 in 2004.

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