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The origins of the Deer surname date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes from an early member of the family who was a beloved person or as a term of endearment. The surname Deer also derived from the animal deer.

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The surname Deer 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.

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Deer has been spelled many different ways, including Dear, Deare, Dere, Deer, Dearie, Deir and others.


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

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

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Some of the Deer 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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Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Deers to arrive in North America:

Deer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Richard Deer settled in New England in 1750
  • John Deer arrived in Philadelphia in 1753
  • Henry A Deer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • Joh Fried Deer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • John Henry Deer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753
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Deer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Michael Deer, aged 23, landed in New York, NY in 1856
  • Paul Deer, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1867

Deer Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Catherine Deer, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1830
  • Ann Deer, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1832

Deer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Deer, aged 27, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Shackamaxon"
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  • Gene Deer, American blues guitarist
  • Gary Mule Deer (b. 1940), born Gary Miller, American comedian
  • Robert George Deer (b. 1960), retired American Major League Baseball player
  • Ada E. Deer, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Wisconsin 2nd District, 1992
  • Tracey Deer (b. 1978), Mohawk film director and newspaper publisher
  • Brian Deer, British investigative reporter
  • George Deer OBE (1890-1974), British Trade union official and politician, Sheriff of Lincoln in 1943-44
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    Other References

    1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    2. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    6. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    8. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    10. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
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    The Deer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Deer 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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