Shearer Family History

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Shearer Name Meaning

Scottish and northern English: from an agent derivative of Middle English schere(n) ‘to shear’; an occupational name for a sheep shearer or someone who used scissors to trim the surface of finished cloth and remove excessive nap. Middle English schere denoted shears and scissors of all sizes.

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

Similar surnames: Sherer, Sharer, Seader, Shirer, Scheerer, Scheurer, Theurer, Seager

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Shearer Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Shearer name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Shearer Family Origin

Where is the Shearer family from?

Shearer Family Occupations

What did your Shearer ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Shearer family was Carpenter. The most common Shearer occupation in Canada was Farmer. 41% of Shearer's were Farmers. Farmer, Farmer Son and School were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Shearer.

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  • Farmer

  • Farmer Son

  • School

  • Carpenter


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

Shearer Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 144,000 census records available for the last name Shearer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shearer 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 17,000 immigration records available for the last name Shearer. 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 23,000 military records available for the last name Shearer. For the veterans among your Shearer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Shearer Life Expectancy

What is the average Shearer lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Shearer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Shearer in 1940 was 67, and 79 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Shearer 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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