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Origin and Meaning of Shearer

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Shear"er
  1. One who shears."Like a lamb dumb before his shearer." [Acts viii. 32.]
  2. A reaper.(Scot)
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A skilled worker who shears the wool off of sheep or other animals
  2. A workman who uses shears to cut leather or metal or textiles
  3. Scottish ballet dancer and actress (born in 1926)

shear +‎ -er

  1. A person employed to remove the wool from sheep using shears.
  2. A person employed in a roller mill to shear off the uneven side of the hot metal plate.

Notable Persons With the Last Name Shearer

Alan Shearer is a soccer player for the Wallsend Boys Club, Southampton F.C., Blackburn Rovers F.C., Newcastle United F.C., England national under-21 football team, England national football B team, and England national football team. Alan was born on August 13th, 1970 in Gosforth, Tyne and Wear, England.


Harry Shearer is an actor, comedian, screenwriter, voice actor, musician, author, radio host, director, and producer. He was most active from 1953 to present. Harry was given the name Harry Julius Shearer on December 23rd, 1943 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.


Norma Shearer was an actress. She was most active from 1919 to 1919. Norma was given the name Edith Norma Shearer on August 10th, 1902 in Montreal. She left this life on June 12th, 1983.


Her career lasted from 1938 to 1987. Moira was given the name Moira Shearer King on January 17th, 1926 in Dunfermline. Moira is also known as Lady Kennedy. She breathed her last breath on January 31st, 2006.


She was most prominent from 1920 to 1920. Athole was born on November 20th, 1900 in Montreal. She died on March 17th, 1985.


He was most prominent from 2011 to 2013. David was born on July 28th, 1957 in Auckland.


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Popularity of Shearer as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Shearer U.S.
  White 91.71% 64.26%
  African American 3.48% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.70% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.41% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.48% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.23% 16.26%

Of Last Name Shearer

People with the last name Shearer are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Shearer

  • How Popular is the name Shearer? As a last name Shearer was the 2,033rd most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Shearer first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Shearer is Tuesday, January 31st, 1888.
  • How unique is the name Shearer? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Shearer. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Shearer: Your name in reverse order is Reraehs. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Aeehrsr. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Shearer? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 17,707 people with the last name Shearer.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Shearer? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 6 of them will have Shearer as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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