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Shearer Name Meaning

Scottish and northern English: from an agent derivative of Middle English schere(n) ‘to shear’; an occupational name for a sheep shearer or someone who used scissors to trim the surface of finished cloth and remove excessive nap. Middle English schere denoted shears and scissors of all sizes.

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


Similar surnames: Sherer, Sharer, Seader, Shirer, Scheerer, Scheurer, Theurer, Seager

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Where is the Shearer family from?

You can see how Shearer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Shearer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Shearer families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 124 Shearer families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 40% of all the recorded Shearer's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Shearer families in 1840.
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What did your Shearer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Shearer. 16% of Shearer men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Shearer women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Shearer were Carpenter and Housekeeper. .

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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

  • Farmer
    16%
  • Laborer
    14%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Carpenter
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    8%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Clerk
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
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Census Records

There are 144,000 census records available for the last name Shearer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shearer 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 Shearer. 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 23,000 military records available for the last name Shearer. For the veterans among your Shearer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Shearer lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Shearer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Shearer in 1940 was 67, and 79 in 2004.

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