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Summer Name Meaning

English and German: from Middle English sum(m)er, Middle High German sumer ‘summer’, hence a nickname for someone of a warm or sunny disposition, or for someone associated with the season of summer in some other way. English: assimilated variant of Sumner. English: assimilated variant of Sumpter. Irish (Leinster and Munster): Anglicization (part translation) of Gaelic Ó Samhraidh ‘descendant of Samhradh’, a byname meaning ‘summer’. The Gaelic name is also Anglicized as O’Sawrie, O’Sawra. German: from Middle High German summer ‘woven basket’ and, by extension, a measure of grain; also ‘drum’, hence a metonymic occupational name or nickname from any of these senses.

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

Similar surnames: Sommer, Kummer, Summers, Hammer, Simmer, Sumner, Dummer, Semler

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Where is the Summer family from?

You can see how Summer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Summer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Summer families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 105 Summer families living in Ontario. This was about 51% of all the recorded Summer's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Summer families in 1911.
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What did your Summer ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Summer. 50% of Summer men worked as a Farmer and 28% of Summer women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Summer were Teamster and Housewife.

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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.

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Framer
  • Teamster

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Clerk
  • Maid
  • Operator
  • Housewife
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Census Records

There are 63,000 census records available for the last name Summer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Summer 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 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Summer. 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 18,000 military records available for the last name Summer. For the veterans among your Summer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Summer lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Summer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Summer in 1949 was 33, and 80 in 2004.

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