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Cleary Family History

Cleary Name Meaning

Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Cléirigh (or Mac Cléirigh) ‘descendant (or son) of the scribe, clerk, or cleric (cléireach)’, also commonly Anglicized as Clark.

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


Similar surnames: Leary, Clary, Clardy, Mclear, Creary, Geary, Neary, Lear, Keary

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Where is the Cleary family from?

You can see how Cleary families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cleary family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cleary families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 195 Cleary families living in Ontario. This was about 42% of all the recorded Cleary's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Cleary families in 1911.
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What did your Cleary ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Cleary. 44% of Cleary men worked as a Farmer and 25% of Cleary women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cleary were Clerk and Income.

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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 1921

  • Farmer
    44%
  • Labourer
    9%
  • Farmers Son
    7%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housekeeper
    25%
  • Domestic
    14%
  • Civil Servant
    11%
  • Income
    11%
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Census Records

There are 150,000 census records available for the last name Cleary. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cleary 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 30,000 immigration records available for the last name Cleary. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 22,000 military records available for the last name Cleary. For the veterans among your Cleary ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cleary lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Cleary life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Cleary in 1945 was 49, and 77 in 2004.

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