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Spear Name Meaning

English: from Middle English spere ‘spear’, hence a nickname for a tall, thin person, or else for a skilled user of the hunting spear. In part it may also have been a metonymic occupational name for a maker of spears

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


Similar surnames: Speer, Pear, Shear, Sperr, Stead, Spoor, Soper, Fear, Spohr, Spears

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Where is the Spear family from?

You can see how Spear families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Spear family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Spear families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 96 Spear families living in Massachusetts. This was about 19% of all the recorded Spear's in USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Spear families in 1840.
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What did your Spear ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Spear. 14% of Spear men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Spear women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Spear were Clerk 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

  • Laborer
    14%
  • Farmer
    12%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

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

There are 111,000 census records available for the last name Spear. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Spear 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 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Spear. 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 19,000 military records available for the last name Spear. For the veterans among your Spear ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Spear lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Spear life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Spear in 1940 was 34, and 76 in 2004.

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