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Meer Name Meaning

Dutch: topographic name for someone who lived by a body of water, Middle Dutch mere ‘lake’. Jewish: variant of Meyer 2. Muslim: from a Persian title, a shortened form of Arabic amir ‘prince’, ‘commander’ (see Amir). This name is found throughout the Indian subcontinent.

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


Similar surnames: Meyer, Beer, Leer, Mier, Geer, Meier, Myer, Meers, Peer, Neer

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Where is the Meer family from?

You can see how Meer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Meer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Meer families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1880 there were 24 Meer families living in Illinois. This was about 23% of all the recorded Meer's in the USA. Illinois had the highest population of Meer families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Meer surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Meer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Meer. 26% of Meer men worked as a Farmer and 18% of Meer women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Meer were Machinist and Servant.

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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
    26%
  • Laborer
    21%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Machinist
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    18%
  • Teacher
    14%
  • Housewife
    9%
  • Servant
    9%
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Census Records

There are 9,000 census records available for the last name Meer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Meer 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 Meer. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Meer. For the veterans among your Meer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Meer lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Meer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1970, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Meer in 1956 was 62, and 71 in 2004.

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