Deer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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.
Early Origins of the Deer family
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.
Early History of the Deer family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Deer research. Another 98 words (7 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.
Deer Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Deer family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Deer family to Ireland
Some of the Deer family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 79 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Deer migration to the United States +
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, who settled in New England in 1750
- John Deer, who 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, who landed in New York, NY in 1856 
- Paul Deer, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1867 
Deer migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
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 migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Deer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- James Deer, aged 27, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Shackamaxon" 
Contemporary Notables of the name Deer (post 1700) +
- 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 Democratic Party 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
Related Stories +
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- ^ South Australian Register Thursday 20 January 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SHACKAMAXON 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/shackamaxon1853.shtml.
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html