Spier Family History

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Spier Name Meaning

English: from an agent derivative of Middle English (e)spi(en) ‘to watch’, hence an occupational name for a lookout or watchman, or a nickname for a nosy person. Scottish: variant spelling of Spear. German: nickname for a small person, from Middle Low German spir ‘trifle’, ‘small piece’. German: habitational name from any of several places named Spier, notably the city in the Palatinate, now spelled Speyer (see Speyer, Spiering). Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Spiro.

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

Similar surnames: Speer, Stier, Spies, Spicer, Shier, Steer, Spiller, Pier, Lier

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Spier Family Origin

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Spier Family Occupations

What did your Spier ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Spier family was Dress Maker. The most common Spier occupation in Canada was Farmer. 60% of Spier's were Farmers. Farmer and Blacksmith were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Spier.

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  • Farmer

  • Blacksmith

  • Dress Maker


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

Spier Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 18,000 census records available for the last name Spier. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Spier 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Spier. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Spier. For the veterans among your Spier ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Spier Life Expectancy

What is the average Spier lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Spier life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Spier in 1946 was 49, and 67 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Spier 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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