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Gearing Name Meaning

English: patronymic from a Germanic personal name beginning with the element ger, gar ‘spear’ (see Geary 2). Probably an Americanized spelling of German Gehring.

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


Similar surnames: Gehring, Fearing, Dearing, Nearing, Herring, Goring, Bering, Garing

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Where is the Gearing family from?

You can see how Gearing families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gearing family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gearing families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 19 Gearing families living in Ontario. This was about 66% of all the recorded Gearing's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Gearing families in 1911.
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What did your Gearing ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Labourer was the top reported job for people in the CA named Gearing. 38% of Gearing men worked as a Labourer.

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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

  • Labourer
    38%
  • Contractor
    38%
  • Farmer
    25%
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Census Records

There are 25,000 census records available for the last name Gearing. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gearing 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Gearing. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Gearing. For the veterans among your Gearing ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gearing lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Gearing life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1967. The average life expectancy for Gearing in 1953 was 52, and 62 in 2004.

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