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Steer Name Meaning

English (mainly Devon) and German: from Middle English steer, Middle Low German ster ‘bullock’, hence a nickname for a truculent person or a metonymic occupational name for someone who was responsible for tending cattle. South German: from Middle High German ster ‘ram’, probably a nickname for a hard-nosed, stubborn person.

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


Similar surnames: Speer, Stier, Stehr, Steuer, Styer, Steen, Steeb, Steeg, Stober

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Where is the Steer family from?

You can see how Steer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Steer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Steer families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 25 Steer families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 37% of all the recorded Steer's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Steer families in 1840.
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What did your Steer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Steer. 13% of Steer men worked as a Laborer and 13% of Steer women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Steer were Clerk 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

  • Laborer
    13%
  • Farmer
    12%
  • Salesman
    12%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    13%
  • Waitress
    11%
  • Teacher
    11%
  • Bookkeeper
    11%
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Census Records

There are 101,000 census records available for the last name Steer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Steer 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Steer. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Steer. For the veterans among your Steer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Steer lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Steer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Steer in 1954 was 48, and 79 in 2004.

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