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Swier Name Meaning

Dutch and North German: from a Germanic personal name, Sweder, Sweer, Swier, composed of the elements swind ‘strong’ + hari, heri ‘army’. Compare Schweder 2.

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


Similar surnames: Wier, Lier, Stier, Seger, Sweger, Hier, Shier, Spier, Suter, Soter

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Where is the Swier family from?

You can see how Swier families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Swier family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Swier families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there was 1 Swier family living in British Columbia. This was 100% of all the recorded Swier's in Canada. British Columbia had the highest population of Swier families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Swier surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Swier ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Swier. 31% of Swier men worked as a Farmer and 34% of Swier women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Swier were Engineer and Waitress.

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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

  • Farmer
    31%
  • Laborer
    29%
  • Mechanic
    11%
  • Engineer
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
    34%
  • House Work
    34%
  • Waitress
    34%
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What Swier family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Swier. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Swier 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 246 immigration records available for the last name Swier. 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 349 military records available for the last name Swier. For the veterans among your Swier ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Swier lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Swier life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1968. The average life expectancy for Swier in 1953 was 19, and 74 in 2004.

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