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Mears Name Meaning

English: variant of Mear with post-medieval excrescent -s. Irish: from Ó Meidhir ‘descendant of Meidhir’ a personal name based on meidhir ‘mirth’. Compare Myers .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Sears, Means, Meals, Mars, Meers, Meas, Merry, Mewes, Peart, Moors

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Where is the Mears family from?

You can see how Mears families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Mears family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Mears families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 99 Mears families living in Ontario. This was about 78% of all the recorded Mears's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Mears families in 1911.
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What did your Mears ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Mears. 45% of Mears men worked as a Farmer and 50% of Mears women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Mears were Motorman and Student. .

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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
  • Laborer
  • Labourer
  • Motorman

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Housekeeper
  • Stenographer
  • Student
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Census Records

There are 110,000 census records available for the last name Mears. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Mears 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Mears. 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 16,000 military records available for the last name Mears. For the veterans among your Mears ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Mears lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Mears life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Mears in 1943 was 39, and 76 in 2004.

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