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Sears is a name that was carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Sears family lived in Essex. Their name, however, is a reference to Serez, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

Sears Early Origins



The surname Sears was first found in Essex where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Colchester from very ancient times, some say from the reign of King Edmund Ironside in 1016, but this date conflicts with the more likely source of Serez, in the arrondisement of Evreux in Normandy, supporting the contention that the family were granted these lands after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. They held a family seat there continuously from the conquest to 1770.

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Sears Spelling Variations


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Sears Spelling Variations



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 Sears include Sears, Seares, Seers, Seeres, Sear, Seare, Seer and many more.

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Sears Early History


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Sears Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sears research. Another 210 words (15 lines of text) covering the year 1630 is included under the topic Early Sears History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sears Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sears Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Sears Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sears In Ireland


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Sears In Ireland



Some of the Sears family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 90 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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 Searss to arrive on North American shores:

Sears Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard (Sares) Sears (1590-1676), English settler to both the Massachusetts Bay Colony and Plymouth Colony in 1630 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • William Sears, who arrived in Maryland in 1663 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Sears Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joseph Sears, who landed in Virginia in 1743 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Joseph Sears, who settled in Virginia in 1743
  • George Sears who landed in America in 1746

Sears Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth Sears, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1820
  • James Sears, who settled in Portland Me. in 1820
  • Mr. Sears, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1822 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • William Sears, who settled in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, in 1822
  • James Sears, who settled in New York State in 1823
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sears Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Edward Sears was a merchant of Newfoundland in 1770 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Mr. Thatcher Sears U.E. (b. 1752) who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 he was married to Rebecca Smith having 11 children [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Sears Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Reverend Sears was a Roman Catholic priest of Bay of Islands, Newfoundland in 1871 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Reverend Thomas Sears was a Roman Catholic priest of Sandy Point, Newfoundland in 1871 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Sears Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Henry Sears, English convict from Sussex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824
  • A. Sears, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Athenian" in 1849 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ATHENIAN 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Athenian.htm
  • William Sears, aged 46, a carpenter, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke Of Wellington" in 1849 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The DUKE OF WELLINGTON 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Duke%20of%20Wellington.htm
  • Elizabeth Sears, aged 46, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke Of Wellington" in 1849 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The DUKE OF WELLINGTON 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Duke%20of%20Wellington.htm
  • William Sears, aged 16, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke Of Wellington" in 1849 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The DUKE OF WELLINGTON 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Duke%20of%20Wellington.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sears Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Henry Sears, aged 36, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tongariro" in 1888
  • Emma Sears, aged 35, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tongariro" in 1888
  • Clara Sears, aged 11, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tongariro" in 1888
  • Anne Sears, aged 9, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tongariro" in 1888
  • Eliza Sears, aged 7, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tongariro" in 1888
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sears (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sears (post 1700)



  • Eleonora Randolph Sears (1881-1968), American tennis player of the interwar period
  • Isaac Sears (1730-1786), American merchant, sailor, and politician, leader of the Sons of Liberty in 1765
  • Ted Sears (1900-1958), American Hugo Award nominated animator who worked with Fleischer Studios in the late-1920s and early-1930s, and later at Walt Disney studio in 1931
  • Richard Dudley "Dick" Sears (1861-1943), American male tennis player, inducted in the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1955
  • Charles Brown Sears (b. 1870), American Republican politician, Justice of New York Supreme Court 8th District, 1917-40; Justice of the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court 4th Department, 1922-33
  • C. M. Sears, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 1924
  • Bradley M. Sears, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Mansfield; Elected 1908
  • Bradley M. Sears, American Republican politician, First Selectman of Tolland, Connecticut, 1888
  • Benjamin Sears, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Ulster County, 1796-97
  • Charles M. Sears Jr., American politician, Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Lyme, 1956
  • ... (Another 52 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Sears Historic Events


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Sears Historic Events




Arrow Air Flight 1285

  • Mr. Ronald W Sears (b. 1947), American Staff Sergeant from Bronx, New York, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada

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Motto



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: Honor et fides
Motto Translation: Honor and fidelity.


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Citations



  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ATHENIAN 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Athenian.htm
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The DUKE OF WELLINGTON 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Duke%20of%20Wellington.htm

Other References

  1. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  2. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  3. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  4. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  5. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  6. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  7. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  8. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  10. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
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The Sears Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sears 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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