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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish

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

The surname Weir is of Norman origin. It was introduced into Normandy by Norsemen where it was derived from the Old Norse word "ver" which meant a "station" or "fishing station." After the Norman Conquest, the name was later derived from the Old English word "wr," or "wer," meaning "a weir." In both cases, the name was a topographic name.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Weir, Vere, Ver and others.

First found in Roxburghshire, where they were descended from Aubri de Vere, a descendant of the Duchess Judith in 1058. His son, another Aubri, accompanied William the Conqueror to Hastings in 1066, and built a castle at Hedingham in Essex, and held Kensington in Middlesex. He was the ancestor of the Earls of Oxford. Although the de Veres were highly respected members of the aristocracy in England, a branch of the family moved northward in 1069 and settled in the lowlands of Scotland at Sprowestun, in Roxburghshire.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Weir research. Another 343 words(24 lines of text) covering the years 1069, 1174, 1296, 1489, 1670, 1694, 1838, 1876, 1662, 1713 and are included under the topic Early Weir History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 101 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Weir Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Weir family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 217 words(16 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:

Weir Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • John Weir settled in New England in 1685

Weir Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Robert and Rachel Weir settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1763
  • Andrew Weir, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1763
  • David Weir, who landed in South Carolina in 1772
  • John Weir, who landed in South Carolina in 1772
  • Thomas Weir, who arrived in South Carolina in 1772


Weir Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Geo Weir, who landed in America in 1805
  • James Weir, who arrived in Virginia in 1810
  • Joseph Weir, aged 26, arrived in Delaware in 1812
  • Arthur Weir, aged 24, landed in Delaware in 1812
  • Eliza Weir, who arrived with two children in New York in 1822


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  • Mary Hayward Weir (1915-1968), American steel heiress and socialite
  • Robert Hall "Bob" Weir (b. 1947), American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, founding member of the Grateful Dead
  • Amanda Jo Weir (b. 1986), American Olympic silver medalist swimmer
  • Julian Alden Weir (1852-1919), American impressionist painter
  • Stephnie Carmel Weir (b. 1967), American actress, comedienne, and writer
  • Samuel Edwin "Ed" Weir (1903-1991), American collegiate and professional football player
  • Colonel John Weir (d. 1912), aged 59, American First Class passenger from New York City, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Michael Fraser Weir (b. 1957), Scottish politician
  • David Gillespie Weir (b. 1970), Scottish former footballer
  • William Douglas Weir GCB PC (1877-1959), 1st Viscount Weir, Scottish industrialist and politician, President of the Air Council in 1918

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  • The Normans, 1720-1976, and Information on the Walker, Clayton and Weir Families Of Mississippi by Maggie Laurie Carson.
  • Tims-Weir: The Ancestry of William Robert Tims of Augusta Texas by Janet Weir Scott.
  • Weir/Wear Families: From Here & There to the White House by Olga Jones Edwards.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Vero nihil verius
Motto Translation: Nothing truer than truth.

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Weir Clan Badge
Weir Clan Badge

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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name Weir
Corra, Ver, Weir, Weirs, Wier, Wire, Wyre and more.

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  2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  8. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
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  10. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
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The Weir Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Weir 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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