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Where did the Scottish Spears family come from? What is the Scottish Spears family crest and coat of arms? When did the Spears family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Spears family history?

The Spears surname comes from the Old English word "spere," meaning "spear." It may have orginally been a nickname for a tall skinny person, or perhaps for a hunter skilled at using the spear.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Speir, Spier, Spears, Speirs, Spiers, Speer, Speers, Spere, Speres, Spire, Spires, Speyer, Speier, Speery and many more.

First found in Renfrewshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Frił), a historic county of Scotland, today encompassing the Council Areas of Renfrew, East Renfrewshire, and Iverclyde, in the Strathclyde region of southwestern Scotland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Spears research. Another 157 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1417, 1475, 1626, and 1664 are included under the topic Early Spears History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Spears Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Spears family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 261 words(19 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Spears Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • James Spears, who landed in America in 1760-1763
  • James Spears settled in New England in 1761

Spears Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Samuel Spears, who landed in America in 1810
  • William Spears, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1824
  • Alexander Spears, who landed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1838
  • Allen Spears, who arrived in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1838
  • John Spears, who landed in Arkansas in 1855


Spears Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • James Spears, aged 47, who landed in America from Belfast, Ireland, in 1904
  • James Spears, aged 5, who emigrated to the United States from Lanarkshire, Scotland, in 1910
  • Elizabeth Spears, aged 11, who emigrated to the United States from Lanarkshire, Scotland, in 1910
  • Annie Spears, aged 38, who settled in America from Lanarkshire, Scotland, in 1910
  • Charles Spears, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States from Anfield Plain, England, in 1910


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  • Ken Spears (b. 1942), American TV writer and animator
  • Marcus Spears (b. 1971), American NFL football offensive tackle
  • Marcus Spears (b. 1983), American NFL football defensive end
  • Warren Spears (1954-2005), American dancer and choreographer
  • Aries Spears (b. 1975), American actor and comedian
  • Britney Spears (b. 1981), American pop singer
  • Major General Sir Edward Louis Spears KBE, CB, MC (1886-1974), British Army officer and Member of Parliament
  • Major-General Sir Edward Spears Bt, KBE (1886-1974), British army officer


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  • The Families of Ruebsman, Spear, et al by Neil N. Ruebsamen.
  • John E. and Noah Spears in Kentucky, Missouri, Kansas, Texas & Oklahama by L.K. Gillespie.
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  2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  3. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  5. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
  9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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The Spears Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Spears Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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