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A shearer is someone who shears, such as a cloth shearer, or a sheep shearer. Origins of the name include from near Bergen in Norway 1600's [Sweden of that period] as 'Skea' [pronounced Skeg meaning beard] and Heddle [meaning market place] as migrated to The Orkney Islands where the name 'Shearer' is found in Church marriage records of the time and as quite prolific for the overall population. Members of those family Shearer migrated to Australia and New Zealand in the 19th century and represents the highest concentration of nation for the name globally

Additionally, Shearer is a surname:

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