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Spier Name Meaning

English: from an agent derivative of Middle English (e)spi(en) ‘to watch’, hence an occupational name for a lookout or watchman, or a nickname for a nosy person. Scottish: variant spelling of Spear. German: nickname for a small person, from Middle Low German spir ‘trifle’, ‘small piece’. German: habitational name from any of several places named Spier, notably the city in the Palatinate, now spelled Speyer (see Speyer, Spiering). Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Spiro.

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


Similar surnames: Speer, Stier, Spies, Spicer, Shier, Steer, Spiller, Pier, Lier

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Where is the Spier family from?

You can see how Spier families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Spier family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Spier families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 21 Spier families living in New York. This was about 55% of all the recorded Spier's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Spier families in 1840.
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What did your Spier ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Spier. 22% of Spier men worked as a Farmer and 15% of Spier women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Spier were Mechanic and Secretary.

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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
    22%
  • Salesman
    12%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Mechanic
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    15%
  • Housewife
    12%
  • Clerk
    10%
  • Secretary
    9%
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Census Records

There are 18,000 census records available for the last name Spier. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Spier 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Spier. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Spier. For the veterans among your Spier ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Spier lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Spier life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Spier in 1946 was 49, and 67 in 2004.

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