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The Fear family's name is derived from the ancient Norman culture that was established in Britain following the Norman Conquest of island in 1066. Their name originated with an early member who was a sociable person. It derives from the Middle English feare, which means comrade, or companion.

Fear Early Origins



The surname Fear was first found in Middlesex where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. They were originally descended from Vere from Manche in the arrondisement of Coutances in Normandy, and Aubrey de Vere was an undertenant in Kensington, Middlesex, and two places in Northampton.

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Fear Spelling Variations


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Fear Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Fear include Fear, Fere and others.

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Fear Early History


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Fear Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fear research. Another 143 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fear History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fear Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fear Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Fear In Ireland


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Fear In Ireland



Some of the Fear family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information 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


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The Great Migration



In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Fears to arrive on North American shores:

Fear Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Fear, who arrived in Virginia in 1657
  • Richard Fear, who landed in Maryland in 1668
  • Francis Fear settled in Virginia in 1679

Fear Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • George Fear settled in New England in 1750
  • Samuel Fear settled in Charles Town, North Carolina in 1772
  • Samuel Fear, who arrived in Charleston South Carolina in 1772

Fear Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • E Fear, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • David Fear, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1860
  • Charles Fear, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1877

Fear Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Fear, English convict from Bristol, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  • Mary Fear, aged 24, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Sultana"
  • Mary Fear, aged 24, a servant, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1850

Fear Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Fear arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Merrington" in 1867
  • John Fear, aged 26, a cooper, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1870
  • Mary Ann Fear, aged 24, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1870
  • Margaret L. Fear, aged 9 months, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1870

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fear (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fear (post 1700)



  • Peggy Fear (1903-1994), American actress
  • Ivan Fear (b. 1954), American football running back coach
  • Thomas Jesse Fear (1922-2000), Mexican-American football wide receiver
  • Peter "Fearo" Fear (b. 1973), English footballer from Sutton, London
  • Albert Fear (1907-2000), Welsh rugby union flanker

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843

Other References

  1. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  6. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  7. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  8. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  9. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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The Fear Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fear 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 18 November 2015 at 08:47.

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