Show ContentsDeere History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Anglo-Saxon culture once found in Britain is the soil from which the many generations of the Deere family have grown. The name Deere was given to a member of the family who was a beloved person or as a term of endearment. The surname Deere also derived from the animal deer.

Early Origins of the Deere family

The surname Deere 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 Deere family

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Deere Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Deere family name include Dear, Deare, Dere, Deer, Dearie, Deir and others.

Early Notables of the Deere family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Deere family to Ireland

Some of the Deere 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.

United States Deere migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Deere surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Deere Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Deere, who arrived in Maryland in 1659 [1]
  • Tho Deere, who landed in Virginia in 1663 [1]
  • Joane Deere, who landed in Maryland in 1679 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Deere (post 1700) +

  • John Deere (1804-1886), American inventor and founder of Deere & Company in 1837, one of the largest manufacturers of agricultural tools and machines; he invented the first commercially successful steel plow in 1837
  • Dwight Deere (1895-1951), American silent movie actor, playwright and theatrical director
  • Jim Deere, American football coach and former player
  • John Deere (1804-1886), American politician, Mayor of Moline, Illinois, 1873-75 [2]
  • Charles H. Deere, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1896, 1904 [2]
  • Air Commodore Alan Christopher "Al" Deere DSO, OBE, DFC & Bar (1917-1995), New Zealand Spitfire pilot and flying ace in the Royal Air Force, during World War II, credited with 22 aerial victories, author of Nine Lives
  • Charles Deere Weinan, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1932 [3]

Senghenydd colliery
  • Mr. Thomas Deere (b. 1872), Welsh coal miner from Senghenydd, Caerphilly, Wales who was working at the Senghenydd colliery when there was an explosion on the 14th October 1913; he died

  1. 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)
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  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 14) . Retrieved from on Facebook