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

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  • Farmer

    31%
  • Painter

    19%
  • Carpenter

    6%
  • Hotel Keeper

    6%

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

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Between 1941 and 2004, 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.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Speer

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