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Similar to many French family names, the distinguished surname Cyr is a proud sign of a rich and ancient ancestry. The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in France were the patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. The patronyms were derived from a variety of given names that were of many different origins. As well as the names of the saints of the Christian Church, many of the most common French surnames are derived from personal names of Germanic origin. These personal names were based on the language of the Visigoths, a Germanic tribe that controlled France between the mid-5th and early 8th centuries. The surname Cyr is derived from the popular Old French given name Siefert, meaning victory.

Cyr Early Origins



The surname Cyr was first found in Picardy (French: Picardie) in northern France, where this family was established in ancient times.

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Cyr Spelling Variations


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Cyr Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Cyr, Saint-Cyr, St. Cyr, Cyre, Saint-Cyre, Cirgue, Saint-Cirgue, Cirgues and many more.

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Cyr Early History


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Cyr Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cyr research. Another 181 words (13 lines of text) covering the year 1808 is included under the topic Early Cyr History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cyr Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cyr Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cyr 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:

Cyr Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Alexandre Cyr, who landed in South Carolina in 1755
  • Alexandre Cyr, who arrived in South Carolina in 1775, with his wife and his ten children

Cyr Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Anne Cyr, aged 42, arrived in St Pierre and Miquelon in 1767
  • Jean Cyr, aged 27, landed in St Pierre and Miquelon in 1767
  • Jean Cyr, aged 57, arrived in St Pierre and Miquelon in 1767
  • Joseph Cyr, aged 26, landed in St Pierre and Miquelon in 1767
  • Josette Cyr, aged 23, arrived in St Pierre and Miquelon in 1767
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cyr Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Basile Cyr, who was married in Quebec in 1881

Cyr Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Virginie Cyr, who was born in 1842 in Quebec, was married there in 1863 and died there in 1912

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cyr (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cyr (post 1700)



  • Conrad Keefe Cyr (b. 1931), United States Court of Appeals First Circuit senior judge
  • Lili St. Cyr (1918-1999), American burlesque stripper of the 1940s and 1950s
  • Frank W. Cyr (1900-1995), American educator and author
  • Paul Cyr, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Indiana 1st District, 1950
  • Leo George Cyr (1909-2003), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda, 1966-71
  • Krest Cyr, American politician, U.S. Attorney for Montana, 1953-61
  • Mrs. Krest Cyr, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Montana, 1952
  • Judy Cyr, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Montana, 2000
  • Irenee Cyr, American politician, Delegate to Maine convention to ratify 21st amendment from Aroostook County, 1933
  • Edmond Cyr, American politician, Delegate to Maine convention to ratify 21st amendment from Kennebec County, 1933
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Cyr


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Suggested Readings for the name Cyr



  • Madwaskan Heritage by Leo G. Cyr.

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Cyr Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    4. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
    5. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    6. Guérard, Albert Léon. France: a Modern History. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1959. Print.
    7. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
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    The Cyr Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cyr 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 7 July 2016 at 13:29.

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