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Speer Name Meaning

German and Dutch: from Middle High German, Middle Dutch sper ‘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. German: nickname for someone thought to resemble a sparrow, Middle High German spar(e) ‘sparrow’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Speyer. Northern Irish: variant spelling of Speir.

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


Similar surnames: Spear, Spier, Steer, Speed, Stier, Sperr, Speyer, Steuer, Saeger

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Where is the Speer family from?

You can see how Speer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Speer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Speer families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 63 Speer families living in New Jersey. This was about 38% of all the recorded Speer's in the USA. New Jersey had the highest population of Speer families in 1840.
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What did your Speer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Speer. 18% of Speer men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Speer women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Speer were Truck Driver and Saleslady.

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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
    18%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    9%
  • Teacher
    9%
  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Saleslady
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Speer. 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 15,000 military records available for the last name Speer. For the veterans among your Speer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Speer lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Speer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Speer in 1941 was 45, and 75 in 2004.

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