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Shirer Name Meaning

Americanized form of German Scheurer and possibly also of some other German name. Scottish (Aberdeenshire): variant of Shearer . Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): occupational name for a barber a Yiddish dialect variant of Sherer

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


Similar surnames: Sherer, Shier, Sharer, Shirar, Shimer, Sher, Hiter, Storer, Shire

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Where is the Shirer family from?

You can see how Shirer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Shirer family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Shirer families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 4 Shirer families living in Ohio. This was about 57% of all the recorded Shirer's in USA. Ohio had the highest population of Shirer families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Shirer surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Shirer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Shirer. 35% of Shirer men worked as a Farmer and 20% of Shirer women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Shirer were Clerk and Manager. .

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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
    35%
  • Laborer
    17%
  • Salesman
    15%
  • Clerk
    12%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    20%
  • Stenographer
    20%
  • Secretary
    20%
  • Manager
    14%
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Census Records

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Shirer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shirer 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 421 immigration records available for the last name Shirer. 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 745 military records available for the last name Shirer. For the veterans among your Shirer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Shirer lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Shirer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Shirer in 1949 was 54, and 79 in 2004.

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