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Pier Name Meaning

habitational name from a place so named near Düren (Lower Rhine). nickname from Middle Low German pir(-as) ‘earthworm’.

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

Similar surnames: Zier, Spier, Mier, Bier, Piker, Dier, Gier, Piner, Piper, Lier

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Where is the Pier family from?

You can see how Pier families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pier family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Pier families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 35 Pier families living in New York. This was about 56% of all the recorded Pier's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Pier families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Pier surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Pier ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Pier. 21% of Pier men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Pier women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Pier were Truck Driver and Maid.

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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
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
  • Housework
  • Maid
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Census Records

There are 16,000 census records available for the last name Pier. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pier 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Pier. 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 Pier. For the veterans among your Pier ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Pier lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Pier life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Pier in 1944 was 35, and 74 in 2004.

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