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Dear Name Meaning

from the Middle English personal name Dere, Old English Deora, in part a short form of various compound names formed with deore ‘dear’, in part a byname meaning ‘beloved’, or deor ‘brave’, ‘bold’. nickname from Middle English dere, Old English deor ‘wild animal’, or from the adjective of the same form, meaning ‘wild’, ‘fierce’. By the Middle English period the adjective was falling out of use, and the noun was beginning to be restricted to the sense of modern English deer, so that this may be the sense behind the surname in some cases.

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


Similar surnames: Bear, Pear, Dean, Hearn, Lear, Day, Fear, Deer, Kear, Deary

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Where is the Dear family from?

You can see how Dear families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dear family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dear families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1891 there were 595 Dear families living in London. This was about 27% of all the recorded Dear's in the UK. London had the highest population of Dear families in 1891.
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What did your Dear ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Dear. 12% of Dear men worked as a General Labourer and 71% of Dear women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dear were Retired and Incapacitated.

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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 1939

  • General Labourer
    12%
  • Bricklayer
    8%
  • Builders Labourer
    7%
  • Retired
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    71%
  • Housewife
    4%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Incapacitated
    3%
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Census Records

There are 73,000 census records available for the last name Dear. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dear 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Dear. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 11,000 military records available for the last name Dear. For the veterans among your Dear ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dear lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Dear life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Dear in 1944 was 23, and 78 in 2004.

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