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Peer Name Meaning

English: variant of Pear . Dutch and North German: from a shortened form of the personal name Peter . South German: variant of Beer ‘bear’. It is also found in Slovenia Croatia and Czechia.

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

Similar surnames: Geer, Pee, Beer, Peek, Peet, Heer, Peter, Peper, Leer, Teer

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Where is the Peer family from?

You can see how Peer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Peer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Peer families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 35 Peer families living in New Jersey. This was about 51% of all the recorded Peer's in USA. New Jersey had the highest population of Peer families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Peer surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Peer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Peer. 21% of Peer men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Peer women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Peer were Clerk and Stenographer. .

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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
  • Farmer
  • Truck Driver
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Maid
  • Housewife
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

There are 24,000 census records available for the last name Peer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Peer 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 Peer. 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 Peer. For the veterans among your Peer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Peer lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Peer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Peer in 1946 was 41, and 77 in 2004.

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