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Dear is an ancient name dating from the times of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name for a person who was a beloved person or as a term of endearment. The surname Dear also derived from the animal deer.

Dear Early Origins



The surname Dear was first found in Bedfordshire (Old English: Bedanfordscir), located in Southeast-central England, formerly part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Dear Spelling Variations


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Dear Spelling Variations



Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Dear include Dear, Deare, Dere, Deer, Dearie, Deir and others.

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Dear Early History


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Dear Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dear research. Another 272 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1300, and 1327 are included under the topic Early Dear History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dear Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Dear Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Dear Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dear In Ireland


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Dear In Ireland



Some of the Dear family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 168 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Dear were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Dear Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Edmund Dear, who landed in Massachusetts in 1654

Dear Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Fletcher Dear who settled in Philadelphia in 1820

Dear Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Wellington Dear, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  • James Dear arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince George" in 1838 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE GEORGE 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838PrinceGeorge-London.htm
  • Ann Dear arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Caroline" in 1851

Dear Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Dear, aged 29, a bricklayer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
  • Harriet Dear, aged 29, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
  • Harry W. Dear, aged 8, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
  • Walter J. Dear, aged 6, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Dear (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Dear (post 1700)



  • Brigadier-General William Richard Dear (1883-1956), American Commanding General Northington General Hospital (1943-1946)
  • Matthew Dear, American music producer, DJ and electronic avant-pop artist
  • Noach Dear, American politician, Representative from New York 9th District, 2000; Candidate for New York State Senate 21st District, 2002, 2006
  • Joseph A. Dear (1840-1908), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1908
  • John K. Dear, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1960
  • Jim Dear, American politician, Mayor of Carson, California; Elected 2004
  • Homer Dear, American Democrat politician, Member of Texas State House of Representatives 89th District; Elected 1992, 1994
  • Frank Dear, American politician, Mayor of Hibbing, Minnesota, 1903
  • Cleveland Dear (1888-1950), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Louisiana 8th District, 1933-37
  • Cleveland Dear (1888-1950), American politician, U.S. Representative from Louisiana
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Dear Historic Events


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Dear Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Nelson L Dear (b. 1910), English Musician serving for the Royal Marine Band from Lydd, Kent, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE GEORGE 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838PrinceGeorge-London.htm

Other References

  1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  2. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  5. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  8. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  9. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  10. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
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The Dear Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dear 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 6 October 2016 at 08:13.

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