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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 Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Dear name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Dear. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Dear Family Origin

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Dear Family Occupations

What did your Dear ancestors do for a living?

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

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  • School

  • Farmer

  • Carpenter

  • Farm Labourer


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Dear Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 73,000 census records available for the last name Dear. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dear census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Dear. 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 Card

There are 11,000 military records available for the last name Dear. For the veterans among your Dear ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Dear Life Expectancy

What is the average Dear lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, 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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Dear ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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