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Spire Name Meaning

English: nickname for a tall, thin man, from Middle English spir ‘stalk’, ‘stem’. This was apparently used as a personal name or byname, in view of the fact that there are patronymic derivatives. In some Middle English dialects this word also denoted reeds, and the surname may in part have been originally a topographic name for someone who lived in a marshy area. The application to a church steeple is not attested before the 16th century, and is not a likely source of the surname. Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Spiro.

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


Similar surnames: Shire, Spiro, Spike, Pipe, Pile, Wire, Spare, Spira, Score, Spark

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Where is the Spire family from?

You can see how Spire families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Spire family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Spire families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 2 Spire families living in New York. This was about 40% of all the recorded Spire's in USA. New York had the highest population of Spire families in 1840.
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What did your Spire ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Spire. 43% of Spire men worked as a Farmer and 34% of Spire women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Spire were Owner and Bookkeeper. .

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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
    43%
  • Laborer
    19%
  • Proprietor
    14%
  • Owner
    11%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
    34%
  • Telephone Operator
    23%
  • Housewife
    23%
  • Bookkeeper
    23%
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Passenger Lists

There are 669 immigration records available for the last name Spire. 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 520 military records available for the last name Spire. For the veterans among your Spire ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Spire lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Spire life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Spire in 1949 was 37, and 95 in 2004.

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