The De beers surname comes from the Dutch word Dutch "beer," meaning "bear;" and as such was thought to have been a nickname
which evolved into a surname. Nicknames were used to describe physical characteristics, behavior, mannerisms, and even favored styles of clothing. In this case, De beers would have been originally used for someone with "bear-like" qualities, perhaps for someone who was big, or strong, like a bear.
Early Origins of the De beers family
The surname De beers was first found in Utrecht in the Netherlands
, thought to be the ancestral homeland of the bearers of the prestigious surname.
Early History of the De beers family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our De beers research.Another 317 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1708, 1709, 1871, 1888, 1475, 1528, 1504, 1591, 1605 and 1666 are included under the topic Early De beers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
De beers Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Beer, De Beer, de Bere, DeBeere, deBeere and many more.
Early Notables of the De beers family (pre 1700)
From this era of Dutch history, those of this who distinguished themselves included Jan de Beer (c.1475-1528), known as the Master of the Milan Adoration, a Flemish
painter and draughtsman, who became a master in 1504. Active in Antwerp... Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early De beers Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the De beers family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Anthony Beers, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1657; Valtin Beer, who settled in Pensylvania in 1732; Peter Beer, who arrive in Pennsylvania in 1741;Joseph Debeer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754.