Wehr Family History

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Wehr Name Meaning

German: topographic name for someone who lived by the defenses of a town or village, for example a wall, ditch, or fence, Middle High German wer. North German: from a reduced form of the personal name Weder, composed of the Germanic elements widu ‘wood’, ‘forest’ + hari ‘army’.

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

Similar surnames: Kehr, Hehl, Fehr, Wear, Rehr, Weir, Woehr, Weiher, Lehr, Wein

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Wehr Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Wehr name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Wehr. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Italy


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Wehr Family Origin

Where is the Wehr family from?

Wehr Family Occupations

What did your Wehr ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Wehr occupation in Canada was A Rente. 33% of Wehr's were A Rentes. A Rente and Cultivateur were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Wehr. A less common occupation for the Wehr family was Institutrice.

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  • A Rente

  • Cultivateur

  • Institutrice


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

Wehr Historical Records

What Wehr family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 11,000 census records available for the last name Wehr. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wehr 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Wehr. 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 11,000 military records available for the last name Wehr. For the veterans among your Wehr ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Wehr Life Expectancy

What is the average Wehr lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Wehr life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Wehr in 1951 was 35, and 74 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Wehr

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Wehr 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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