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Speer Name Meaning

German and Dutch: from Middle High German, Middle Dutch sper ‘spear’, hence a nickname for a tall, thin person, or else for a skilled user of the hunting spear. In part it may also have been a metonymic occupational name for a maker of spears. German: nickname for someone thought to resemble a sparrow, Middle High German spar(e) ‘sparrow’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Speyer. Northern Irish: variant spelling of Speir.

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


Similar surnames: Spear, Spier, Steer, Speed, Stier, Sperr, Speyer, Steuer, Saeger

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Speer Family Origin

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Speer Family Occupations

What did your Speer ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Speer occupation in Canada was Farmer. 31% of Speer's were Farmers. Farmer, Painter and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Speer. A less common occupation for the Speer family was Hotel Keeper.

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  • Farmer

    31%
  • Painter

    19%
  • Carpenter

    6%
  • Hotel Keeper

    6%

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

Speer Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Speer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Speer 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 642 immigration records available for the last name Speer. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Speer. For the veterans among your Speer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Speer Life Expectancy

What is the average Speer lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Speer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Speer in 1941 was 45, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Speer

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Speer 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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