Shear Family History

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Shear Name Meaning

English: nickname for a beautiful or radiant person, or one with fair hair, from Middle English scher, schir ‘bright’, ‘fair’.

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

Similar surnames: Shean, Spear, Sheard, Hoar, Steer, Sher, Usher, Star, Haar, Speer

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Shear Family Origin

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Shear Family Occupations

What did your Shear ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Shear. 24% of Shear men worked as a Farmer and 50% of Shear women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Shear were Packer and Waitress

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
  • Carpenter
  • Merchant
  • Packer

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housewife
  • School Teacher
  • Waitress

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Shear Historical Records

What Shear family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 29,000 census records available for the last name Shear. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shear 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Shear. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Shear. For the veterans among your Shear ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Shear Life Expectancy

What is the average Shear lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Shear life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Shear in 1950 was 48, and 78 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Shear

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Shear 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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