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Muir Family History

Muir Name Meaning

Scottish: topographic name for someone who lived on a moor from Older Scots muir ‘moor’ (an expanse of bare wild upland country). There has been some confusion with Mure .

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


Similar surnames: Mohr, Muhr, Mudd, Mair, Main, Munt, Mauer, Mir, Puig, Uhr

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Where is the Muir family from?

You can see how Muir families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Muir family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Muir families were found in and Scotland in 1841. In 1840 there were 21 Muir families living in New York. This was about 26% of all the recorded Muir's in USA. New York had the highest population of Muir families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Muir surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Muir ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Muir. 13% of Muir men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Muir women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Muir were Machinist and Teacher. .

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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
    13%
  • Farmer
    11%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Machinist
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    9%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Teacher
    7%
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Census Records

There are 232,000 census records available for the last name Muir. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Muir 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 63,000 immigration records available for the last name Muir. 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 25,000 military records available for the last name Muir. For the veterans among your Muir ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Muir lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Muir life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Muir in 1942 was 37, and 74 in 2004.

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