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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Shearer, Sherar, Sherer, Sheerer and others.

First found in Berwickshire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shearer research. Another 179 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1376, 1503 and 1587 are included under the topic Early Shearer History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Shearer family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 87 words(6 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:

Shearer Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • James Shearer, who arrived in New England in 1720
  • Donald Shearer settled in Georgia in 1735
  • Caspar Shearer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765
  • Lawrence Shearer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765
  • Ludwick Shearer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765


Shearer Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Archibald Shearer arrived in Philadelphia in 1802
  • Mathew Shearer, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • Andrew Shearer, who landed in New York in 1820
  • Robert M Shearer, who landed in New York in 1830
  • Michael Shearer, who arrived in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1836


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  • Athole Shearer (1900-1985), American actress
  • Edith Norma Shearer (1902-1983), one of the most popular actresses in the world from the mid-1920s until her retirement in 1942
  • Al Shearer (b. 1972), American actor
  • Alan Shearer OBE, DL (b. 1970), English footballer
  • Douglas G. Shearer (1899-1971), Canadian-born pioneer sound designer and recording director
  • Moira Shearer (1926-2006), internationally famous Scottish ballet dancer and actress
  • Janet "Jan" Lee Shearer -Jones (b. 1958), New Zealand yachtswoman who competed for New Zealand at 3 Olympic Games
  • David James Shearer MBE (b. 1957), New Zealand humanitarian worker and politician
  • Alex Shearer (b. 1949), British novelist
  • Robert "Rob" Shearer (b. 1976), Canadian professional ice hockey player


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  2. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  6. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  9. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  10. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
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The Shearer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shearer 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.

This page was last modified on 22 February 2014 at 21:39.

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