The distinguished surname De heer is Dutch in origin. It is derived from the Dutch word "heer," meaning "gentleman, lord" or "Mr." It is likely that this name was originally bestowed as a nickname
on someone who behaved in an aristocratic manner.
Early Origins of the De heer family
The surname De heer was first found in Holland, where the ancestral home of the De heer family is thought to be located. During the Middle Ages, the name was also found in Germany
, under the High German variation "Herr." The De heer family was instrumental during its early years, contributing greatly to the development of the society of the Netherlands.
Early History of the De heer family
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De heer Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Heer, De Heer, Heere, Heeren, Heerdt, Van Heerdt, Van Heeren and many more.
Early Notables of the De heer family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the De heer family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Johan Heer, who emigrated from Holland to New York in 1709 with his wife and their three children, Neeltje Heere, who came to Baltimore in 1847; Berend Janssen Heeren, who sailed from East Frisia to New York in 1855.
Contemporary Notables of the name De heer (post 1700)
- Hendrik Jan de Heer (b. 1931), prominent Dutch accountant
- Mies de Heer (b. 1947), well-known stage actress