Wear Family History

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Wear Name Meaning

topographic name for someone who lived by the Wear river in northern England. The river name is ancient, occuring in the form Vedra in Ptolemy’s Geographia; it is probably a Celtic word meaning ‘water’. topographic name for someone who lived near a dam or weir, a variant spelling of Ware 1, or a habitational name from a place called Weare, in Devon and Somerset, from Old English wær, wer ‘weir’.

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

Similar surnames: Weir, Bear, Pear, Wehr, Lear, Mears, Bean, Hoar, Haar, Dear

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Wear Family Origin

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Wear Family Occupations

What did your Wear ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Wear family was Farming. The most common Wear occupation in the USA was Farmer. 41% of Wear's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Wear.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Wear ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Wear Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 38,000 census records available for the last name Wear. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wear census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Wear. 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 Card

There are 9,000 military records available for the last name Wear. For the veterans among your Wear ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Wear Life Expectancy

What is the average Wear lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Wear life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Wear in 1944 was 50, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Wear

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Wear ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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