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Sear Family History

Sear Name Meaning

English and Welsh: variant of Sayer.

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


Similar surnames: Sea, Lear, Sears, Wear, Semar, Seal, Segar, Searl, Bear, Seat

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Where is the Sear family from?

You can see how Sear families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sear family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sear families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 4 Sear families living in New York. This was about 50% of all the recorded Sear's in USA. New York had the highest population of Sear families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Sear surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Sear ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Sear. 25% of Sear men worked as a Laborer and 18% of Sear women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sear were Manager and Seamstress. .

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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
    25%
  • Farmer
    20%
  • Salesman
    11%
  • Manager
    7%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
    18%
  • Saleslady
    14%
  • Dressmaker
    14%
  • Seamstress
    14%
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Census Records

There are 31,000 census records available for the last name Sear. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sear 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 Sear. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Sear. For the veterans among your Sear ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Sear lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Sear life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1985. The average life expectancy for Sear in 1957 was 60, and 85 in 2004.

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