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The name Bear has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in Devon, where they took their name from one of the many places named Bear, Beare, Beara, et c., found in that county. The surname is likely to be derived from the Old English word bearu, which means grove. Several early instances of that name are in the form le beare, or the bear, from the Old English bera.

Bear Early Origins



The surname Bear was first found in Devon where there are two places on the banks of Tamar called Beer-Alston and Beer-Ferris. In Dorset, place names include Beer- Hacket and Beer-Regis. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
The earliest reference of the name was in Devon where it was listed as Bera in the Domesday Book [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

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Bear Spelling Variations


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Bear Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Bear have been found, including Beare, Bear, Beer, Bere, Beares, Bears, Beers and many more.

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Bear Early History


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Bear Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bear research. Another 239 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1207, 1684, 1354 and 1355 are included under the topic Early Bear History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bear Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bear Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 17 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bear 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



Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Bear, or a variant listed above:

Bear Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • George Bear, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • Win Bear, who arrived in Virginia in 1715
  • Hans Jacob Bear, aged 17, landed in Pennsylvania in 1730
  • Anna Maria Bear, aged 43, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1730
  • Hendrick Bear, aged 6, landed in Pennsylvania in 1730
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bear Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Peter Bear, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848
  • Charles Bear, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1851
  • John Bear, who landed in America in 1853
  • Eustaquio Bear, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1884

Bear Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Bear, English convict from Suffolk, who was transported aboard the "Agincourt" on July 6, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Agincourt voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 226 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agincourt/1844
  • John Bear arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1849
  • Nicholas Bear, aged 27, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sultana"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bear (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bear (post 1700)



  • Peter D. Bear, American Democrat politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly, 1977-78; Member of Wisconsin State Senate 13th District, 1979-80
  • Perry Bear, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1924
  • Max L. Bear, American politician, Mayor of Pensacola, Florida, 1936-37
  • Franklin Bear, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 5th District, 1962
  • Alexander Bear, American Democrat politician, Member of University of Nebraska Board of Regents, 1875-76; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nebraska, 1876; Mayor of Norfolk, Nebraska, 1896-97
  • Gregory Dale Bear (b. 1951), American science fiction author
  • Danny Little Bear (1926-1991), American professional wrestler
  • Elizabeth Bear (b. 1971), American fiction author, winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and winner of the 2008 Hugo Award for Best Short Story
  • Anthony Bear, Professor of Cybernetics at Manchester University

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Suggested Readings for the name Bear


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Suggested Readings for the name Bear



  • The Genealogy of Henry Baer (also Bear Family) of Leacock, Pennsylvania by Willis Nissley Baer.

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Bear Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Agincourt voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 226 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agincourt/1844

Other References

  1. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  3. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  4. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  6. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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The Bear Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bear 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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