Gear Family History

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Gear Name Meaning

English: nickname from Middle English gere ‘fit of passion’ (see Geary 3). German: possibly an altered spelling of Gier.

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

Similar surnames: Geary, Bear, Pear, Tear, Dear, Fear, Bean, Lear, Geer, Gaar

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Gear Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Gear name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Gear. 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


  • Sweden


  • Norway


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Gear Family Origin

Where is the Gear family from?

Gear Family Occupations

What did your Gear ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, School and Going To School were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gear. A less common occupation for the Gear family was Shoemaker. The most common Gear occupation in Canada was Farmer. 22% of Gear's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • School

  • Going To School

  • Shoemaker


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Gear ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Gear Historical Records

What Gear family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 45,000 census records available for the last name Gear. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gear 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Gear. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Gear. For the veterans among your Gear ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Gear Life Expectancy

What is the average Gear lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Gear life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Gear in 1940 was 32, and 72 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Gear

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Gear 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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