Sears Family History

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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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Sears Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Sears name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Sears. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • France


  • Norway


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Sears Family Origin

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Sears Family Occupations

What did your Sears ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Sears occupation in the USA was Farmer. 38% of Sears's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Sears family was Farm Laborer. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Sears.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Farm Laborer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Sears ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Sears Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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Sears Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Sears ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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