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Wears Name Meaning

English: variant of Wear.

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

Similar surnames: Weare, Wear, Pears, Bears, Weaks, Gears, Warf, Wares, Yeats, Weary

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Where is the Wears family from?

You can see how Wears families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wears family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wears families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there was 1 Wears family living in Alabama. This was about 33% of all the recorded Wears's in the USA. Alabama and 2 other states had the highest population of Wears families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Wears surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Wears ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Wears. 29% of Wears men worked as a Laborer and 34% of Wears women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wears were Fireman and Inspector.

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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
  • Farmer
  • Manager
  • Fireman

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Seamstress
  • Inspector
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Census Records

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Wears. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wears 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 646 immigration records available for the last name Wears. 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 Wears. For the veterans among your Wears ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wears lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Wears life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1978, and highest in 1974. The average life expectancy for Wears in 1958 was 44, and 88 in 2004.

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