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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish


The surname Weir is an Anglicization of Mac an Mhaoir.

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

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


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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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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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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
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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
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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 [2]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
  • Robert Weir, who was a joiner from Glasgow, Scotland, married in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1847
  • 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
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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
  • Martha Weir arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839
  • Alfred Weir arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839
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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
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  • 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
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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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  • 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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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. ^ 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

Other References

  1. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
  2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  3. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
  4. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
  5. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
  6. 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).
  7. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
  8. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. 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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