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Wire Name Meaning

metonymic occupational name for a wire drawer, from Middle English wir ‘wire’. topographic name for someone who lived where bog myrtle grew, Old English wir. habitational name from Wyre Forest in Hereford, Worcestershire, and Shropshire, probably named from a Celtic river name meaning ‘winding river’.

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


Similar surnames: Ware, Wise, Worl, Kirk, Bird, Wile, Lile, Twine, Mire, Wiley

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Where is the Wire family from?

You can see how Wire families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wire family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wire families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 18 Wire families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 23% of all the recorded Wire's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Wire families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Wire surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Wire ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Cook were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Wire. 17% of Wire men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Wire women worked as a Cook. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wire were Carpenter and Waitress.

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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
    17%
  • Farmer
    17%
  • Truck Driver
    7%
  • Carpenter
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Cook
    9%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Waitress
    7%
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Census Records

There are 22,000 census records available for the last name Wire. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wire 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Wire. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Wire. For the veterans among your Wire ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wire lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Wire life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Wire in 1953 was 38, and 77 in 2004.

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