Fears History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Fears family has descended through the lines of the ancient Normans that came to England following their Conquest of England in 1066. The Fears name reveals that an early member was a sociable person. It derives from the Middle English feare, which means comrade, or companion.
Early Origins of the Fears family
The surname Fears 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.
Important Dates for the Fears family
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Fears Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Fears family name include Fear, Fere and others.
Early Notables of the Fears family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fears family to Ireland
Some of the Fears 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.
Fears migration to the United States
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Fears family to immigrate North America:
Fears Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Alexander Fears, aged 24, who arrived in Missouri in 1849 
- Edward Fears, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1879 
Fears Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Alice Fears, aged 45, who settled in America, in 1912
- Albert Fears, aged 43, who immigrated to the United States, in 1915
- Charles Fears, aged 51, who immigrated to the United States, in 1917
Fears migration to Canada
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Fears Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Thomas Fears, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843
Contemporary Notables of the name Fears (post 1700)
- Tom Fears (1923-2000), American NFL football wide receiver, member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
- Shamari Fears –DeVoe (b. 1980), American R&B singer
- Peggy Fears (1903-1994), American Broadway musical comedy actress during the 1920s and 1930s
- J. Rufus Fears, American historian, scholar, teacher and author
- Ivan Fears (b. 1954), American football coach for the New England Patriots
- William E. Fears, American Democrat politician, Member of Virginia State Senate 3rd District, 1974-79 
- Evelyn Fears, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 1972 
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- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html