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Mccleary Family History

Mccleary Name Meaning

Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Cléirich ‘son of the cleric’ (see Cleary). Anglicized form of Mac Giolla Arraith ‘son of the servant of Arraith’, or Woulfe suggests of Mac Giolla an Raith ‘son of the prosperous youth’.

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

Similar surnames: Mccreary, Mclear, Cleary, Mcclay, Mccary, Mcclory, Mccready, Mcneary

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Where is the Mccleary family from?

You can see how Mccleary families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Mccleary family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Mccleary families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 9 Mccleary families living in Quebec. This was about 64% of all the recorded Mccleary's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Mccleary families in 1911.
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What did your Mccleary ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Operator were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Mccleary. 40% of Mccleary men worked as a Farmer and 34% of Mccleary women worked as an Operator. Some less common occupations for Americans named Mccleary were Machinist and Teacher.

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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
  • Labourer
  • Salesman
  • Machinist

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Operator
  • Bookkeeper
  • Teacher
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

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There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Mccleary. For the veterans among your Mccleary ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Mccleary lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Mccleary life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Mccleary in 1942 was 43, and 75 in 2004.

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