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Zeier Name Meaning

German: variant of Zeiher, from the medieval personal name Zyriak (see Zilch). Perhaps an unflattering nickname for a litigious person or a slanderer, from Middle High German zihen ‘to accuse’. Perhaps an altered spelling of German Seier, reflecting the German pronunciation of the initial s.

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


Similar surnames: Zeiger, Zeiter, Heier, Reier, Neier, Zeiner, Meier, Zier, Zeiler

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Where is the Zeier family from?

You can see how Zeier families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Zeier family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Zeier families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 8 Zeier families living in New York. This was about 33% of all the recorded Zeier's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Zeier families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Zeier surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Zeier ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housework were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Zeier. 38% of Zeier men worked as a Farmer.

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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
    38%
  • Carpenter
    13%
  • Farmlaborer
    13%
  • Laborer
    13%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housework
    100%
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Zeier. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Zeier 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 227 immigration records available for the last name Zeier. 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 571 military records available for the last name Zeier. For the veterans among your Zeier ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Zeier lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Zeier life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1979, and highest in 1977. The average life expectancy for Zeier in 1963 was 75, and 68 in 2004.

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