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Sears Family History

Sears Name Meaning

Irish (Kerry): Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Saoghair, which in turn may be a patronymic from a Gaelicized form of the Old English personal name Saeger (see 2 below). English: patronymic from a Middle English personal name Saher or Seir (see Sayer 1). Americanized form of French Cyr.

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


Similar surnames: Hearn, Mears, Kearns, Pearl, Sens, Mars, Sealy, Sas, Sari, Neary

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Where is the Sears family from?

You can see how Sears families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sears family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sears families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 180 Sears families living in New York. This was about 25% of all the recorded Sears's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Sears families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Sears surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Sears ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Sears. 16% of Sears men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Sears women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sears were Truck Driver and Waitress.

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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
    16%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    9%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Waitress
    6%
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Census Records

There are 200,000 census records available for the last name Sears. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sears 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 17,000 immigration records available for the last name Sears. 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 38,000 military records available for the last name Sears. For the veterans among your Sears ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Sears lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Sears life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Sears in 1941 was 34, and 73 in 2004.

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