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Tear Name Meaning

Scottish: variant of McIntyre. Possibly an altered spelling of German Thier.

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

Similar surnames: Teer, Gear, Bear, Tea, Teat, Teare, Traw, Teal, Teas, Deur

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Where is the Tear family from?

You can see how Tear families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Tear family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Tear families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 4 Tear families living in Ontario. This was about 67% of all the recorded Tear's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Tear families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Tear surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Tear ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Coal Miner Hewer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Tear. 17% of Tear men worked as a Coal Miner Hewer and 81% of Tear women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Tear were Bedding Mattress Maker and Unpaid Household Duties.

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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 1939

  • Coal Miner Hewer
  • General Labourer
  • Railway Clerk
  • Bedding Mattress Maker

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • House Duties
  • Unpaid Household Duties
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Census Records

There are 12,000 census records available for the last name Tear. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Tear 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Tear. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Tear. For the veterans among your Tear ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Tear lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Tear life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1973. The average life expectancy for Tear in 1956 was 33, and 58 in 2004.

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