The name Fir derives from the German word "feuer" meaning "fire," and was probably an occupational
name for someone who worked with fire such as a smith, a fire lighter, or a person who took care of the heating a household.
Early Origins of the Fir family
The surname Fir was first found in Austria
, where the family gained a significant reputation for its contributions to the emerging mediaeval society. The name became prominent as many branches of the family founded separate houses and acquired estates in various regions, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society. Individual bearers of the name first mentioned in ancient chronicles include Pertholt der Feurer in the Sonnenberg monastery around 1350.
Early History of the Fir family
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Fir Spelling Variations
One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Fir include Feuer, Feuerer, Feirer, Feierle, Feuerre, Fuer, Fewer, Fuere and many more.
Early Notables of the Fir family (pre 1700)
Migration of the Fir family to the New World and Oceana
was made a republic after the First World War. The Austro-Hungarian Empire was broken up by the Treaty of Versailles and many of its people found themselves in the new nation of Czechoslovakia. Many other Austrians and expatriate Austrians made their way to North America in the 20th century. Most landed in Philadelphia, later continuing on to the states of Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Some Austrian
settlers also went to western Canada and Ontario. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Fir or a variant listed above: Sam Fuer, who settled in Virginia in 1652. Emil Fuer settled in Texas in 1853.
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