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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.
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.
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.
More information is included under the topic Early Deer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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.
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
Deer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Deer Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Deer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
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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