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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish


The surname Weir is an Anglicization of Mac an Mhaoir.

Weir Early Origins



The surname Weir was first found in County Westmeath (Irish: An Iarmhí) in the Irish Midlands, province of Leinster.

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Weir Spelling Variations


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Weir Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Wyer, Weir, Weyre, Wyre, Wyers and others.

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Weir Early History


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Weir Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Weir research. Another 390 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1656, 1659, 1803, 1852, and 1889 are included under the topic Early Weir History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Weir Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Weir Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Weir Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Weir Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Weir settled in New England in 1685

Weir Settlers in 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Weir Settlers in 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Weir Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. James Weir U.E. who settled in Didgequash, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he served in the 74th Regiment [1]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
  • Mr. Thomas Weir U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [1]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

Weir Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Richard and Thomas Weir settled in St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1814 [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
  • Robert Weir, who was a joiner from Glasgow, Scotland, married in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1847 [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
  • Jane Weir, who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1848
  • Agnes Weir, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1848
  • Mary Weir, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1848
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Weir Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Andrew Weir, a carpenter, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Colin Weir, a blacksmith, arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • David Weir arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE REGENT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839PrinceRegent.htm
  • Martha Weir arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE REGENT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839PrinceRegent.htm
  • Alfred Weir arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE REGENT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839PrinceRegent.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Weir Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Weir, aged 44, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • James Weir arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Beauty" in 1863
  • Margaret F. Weir arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Beauty" in 1863
  • Janet Weir arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Beauty" in 1863
  • Thomas Weir, aged 22, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Weir (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Weir (post 1700)



  • Samuel Edwin "Ed" Weir (1903-1991), American collegiate and professional football player
  • Stephnie Carmel Weir (b. 1967), American actress, comedienne, and writer
  • Julian Alden Weir (1852-1919), American impressionist painter
  • Amanda Jo Weir (b. 1986), American Olympic silver medalist swimmer
  • Robert Hall "Bob" Weir (b. 1947), American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, founding member of the Grateful Dead
  • Mary Hayward Weir (1915-1968), American steel heiress and socialite
  • Robert James "Robbie" Weir (b. 1988), Northern Irish footballer
  • James "Jim" McIntosh Weir (b. 1969), Scottish professional football player and manager
  • Dame Gillian Constance Weir DBE (b. 1941), New Zealand organist
  • Stanley Brian "Stash" Weir (b. 1952), Canadian retired ice hockey centre
  • ... (Another 19 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Weir Historic Events


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Weir Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Miss Violet Maud Weir (1891-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. C  Weir (1896-1917), Canadian Signalman aboard the HMCS Niobe from who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

RMS Lusitania

  • Mrs. Margaret Weir, Scottish Stewardess from Glasgow, Scotland, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered
  • Mr. Cecil Hamilton Weir, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • 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

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Suggested Readings for the name Weir


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Suggested Readings for the name Weir



  • 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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Weir Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ 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
  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. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE REGENT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839PrinceRegent.htm

Other References

  1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  2. 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).
  3. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
  4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  7. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
  8. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  9. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
  10. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. 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.

This page was last modified on 4 December 2016 at 22:04.

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