Dear Name Meaning

from the Middle English personal name Dere, Old English Deora, in part a short form of various compound names formed with deore ‘dear’, in part a byname meaning ‘beloved’, or deor ‘brave’, ‘bold’. nickname from Middle English dere, Old English deor ‘wild animal’, or from the adjective of the same form, meaning ‘wild’, ‘fierce’. By the Middle English period the adjective was falling out of use, and the noun was beginning to be restricted to the sense of modern English deer, so that this may be the sense behind the surname in some cases.

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


Similar surnames: Bear, Pear, Dean, Hearn, Lear, Day, Fear, Deer, Kear, Deary

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Dear Family Origin

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  • School

    20%
  • Farmer

    12%
  • Carpenter

    8%
  • Farm Labourer

    8%

In 1881, School, Farmer and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Dear. The most common Dear occupation in Canada was School. 20% of Dear's were Schools. A less common occupation for the Dear family was Farm Labourer.

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Between 1944 and 2004, Dear life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Dear in 1944 was 23, and 78 in 2004.

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