Grier Family History

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Grier Name Meaning

Scottish: from the personal name Grier, a common medieval Scottish vernacular form of Gregory.

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

Similar surnames: Brier, Grief, Gaier, Gries, Prior, Gruel, Frier, Grieb, Griner, Gier

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Grier Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Grier name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


  • Germanic Europe


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Grier Family Origin

Where is the Grier family from?

Grier Family Occupations

What did your Grier ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Going To School and School were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Grier. The most common Grier occupation in Canada was Farmer. 24% of Grier's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Grier family was Servant.

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  • Farmer

  • Going To School

  • School

  • Servant


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

Grier Historical Records

What Grier family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 51,000 census records available for the last name Grier. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Grier 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 Grier. 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 15,000 military records available for the last name Grier. For the veterans among your Grier ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Grier Life Expectancy

What is the average Grier lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Grier life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Grier in 1944 was 44, and 72 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Grier 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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