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Wyer Surname Meaning

English: variant of Ware from Middle English war(e) wer(e) ‘weir fish trap’. This word developed regularly in early modern English to ware wear(e) wer(re) weer(e) and weir(e) but it also appears as wier wyre and wire presumably from a Middle English variant wire. The name may have been given to someone employed as a wereward ‘weir-keeper’. See also Weir and Wear . English: in some cases this is a habitational name from Wyre Forest or from Wyre Piddle both in Worcestershire probably named from a Celtic river name meaning ‘winding river’. Irish (Westmeath and Offaly): from Mac an Mhaoir ‘son of the steward’; see Weir Probably also an Americanized form of German Weier or Weiher . Compare Wire .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Wyers, Myer, Dyer, Teer, Wyler, Dwyer, Eyer, Ryer, Keer, Ayler

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You can see how Wyer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wyer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wyer families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 24 Wyer families living in Ontario. This was about 36% of all the recorded Wyer's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Wyer families in 1911.
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What did your Wyer ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Wyer. 43% of Wyer men worked as a Farmer. .

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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
  • Polisher
  • Laborer
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What is the average Wyer lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Wyer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Wyer in 1952 was 25, and 69 in 2004.

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