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Oyer Name Meaning

French: from the Old French agent derivative of oie ‘goose’, denoting someone who sold geese or roast meat.

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


Similar surnames: Goyer, Hayer, Over, Ayer, Poyer, Coyer, Loye, Royer, Voyer, Tyer

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Where is the Oyer family from?

You can see how Oyer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Oyer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Oyer families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 19 Oyer families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 48% of all the recorded Oyer's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Oyer families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Oyer surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Oyer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Oyer. 23% of Oyer men worked as a Farmer and 14% of Oyer women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Oyer were Carpenter 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
    23%
  • Laborer
    19%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Carpenter
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    14%
  • Housewife
    11%
  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Clerk
    7%
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Census Records

There are 10,000 census records available for the last name Oyer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Oyer 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 834 immigration records available for the last name Oyer. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Oyer. For the veterans among your Oyer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Oyer lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Oyer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1984. The average life expectancy for Oyer in 1951 was 43, and 75 in 2004.

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