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Smyer Name Meaning

Probably a variant of Dutch Smyers.

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


Similar surnames: Seyer, Sayer, Smyers, Beyer, Seger, Boyer, Suter, Speer, Myer, Sayler

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Where is the Smyer family from?

You can see how Smyer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Smyer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Smyer families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 6 Smyer families living in New Brunswick. This was about 43% of all the recorded Smyer's in Canada. New Brunswick and 1 other province had the highest population of Smyer families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Smyer surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Smyer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Smyer. 25% of Smyer men worked as a Laborer and 25% of Smyer women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Smyer were Clerk and Laborer.

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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.

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    25%
  • Farmer
    21%
  • Lawyer
    10%
  • Clerk
    10%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
    25%
  • Teacher
    25%
  • Maid
    17%
  • Laborer
    17%
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Smyer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Smyer 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 265 immigration records available for the last name Smyer. 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 559 military records available for the last name Smyer. For the veterans among your Smyer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Smyer lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Smyer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1987. The average life expectancy for Smyer in 1950 was 40, and 62 in 2004.

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