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Gear Family History

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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Where is the Gear family from?

You can see how Gear families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gear family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gear families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 45 Gear families living in Ontario. This was about 42% of all the recorded Gear's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Gear families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Gear surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Gear ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Gear. 47% of Gear men worked as a Farmer and 43% of Gear women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gear were Agent and Damestie.

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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
    47%
  • Labourer
    22%
  • Student
    18%
  • Agent
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housekeeper
    43%
  • Servant
    29%
  • Damestie
    29%
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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.

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