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Neary Name Meaning

Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Náradhaigh ‘descendant of Náradhach’ a byname meaning ‘modest’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Geary, Beary, Keary, Leary, Merry, Terry, Near, Berry, Nealy, Neal

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Where is the Neary family from?

You can see how Neary families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Neary family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Neary families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 2 Neary families living in New York. This was about 40% of all the recorded Neary's in USA. New York and 1 other state had the highest population of Neary families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Neary surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Neary ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Neary. 15% of Neary men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Neary women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Neary were New Worker 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
  • Clerk
  • Salesman
  • New Worker

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
  • Housewife
  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Neary. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Neary. For the veterans among your Neary ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Neary lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Neary life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Neary in 1948 was 42, and 78 in 2004.

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