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Where did the English Fear family come from? What is the English Fear family crest and coat of arms? When did the Fear family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Fear family history?The Fear family's name is derived from the ancient Norman culture that was established in Britain following the Norman Conquest of island in 1066. Their name originated with an early member who was a sociable person. It derives from the Middle English feare, which means comrade, or companion.
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Fear include Fear, Fere and others.
First found in Middlesex where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. They were originally descended from Vere from Manche in the arrondisement of Coutances in Normandy, and Aubrey de Vere was an undertenant in Kensington, Middlesex, and two places in Northampton.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fear research. Another 143 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fear History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Fear Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Fear family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Fears to arrive on North American shores:
Fear Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Fear Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Fear Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Fear Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fear 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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