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Meares Family History

Meares Name Meaning

English: variant spelling of Mears.

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


Similar surnames: Maris, Meers, Mires, Weare, Meaker, Mores, Yeates, Mares, Mears

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Where is the Meares family from?

You can see how Meares families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Meares family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Meares families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 2 Meares families living in North Carolina. This was about 33% of all the recorded Meares's in the USA. North Carolina had the highest population of Meares families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Meares surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Meares ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Meares. 28% of Meares men worked as a Farmer and 17% of Meares women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Meares were Clerk and Clerk.

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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
    28%
  • Laborer
    17%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Clerk
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    17%
  • Stenographer
    12%
  • Teacher
    10%
  • Clerk
    10%
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Census Records

There are 12,000 census records available for the last name Meares. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Meares 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Meares. 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 Meares. For the veterans among your Meares ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Meares lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Meares life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Meares in 1943 was 43, and 78 in 2004.

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