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As we follow the name Gear back through history, we find that the surname is ultimately derived from the Middle English word "geary," meaning "changeable" or "passionate."

Gear Early Origins



The surname Gear was first found in Suffolk, where the earliest record of the name is of Albert, Joscelin Gere, between 133-60 as listed in the "Cartularium monasterii de Rameseia" rolls.

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Gear Spelling Variations


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Gear Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Gear has been recorded under many different variations, including Gear, Geare, Geear, Geere, Gere and others.

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Gear Early History


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Gear Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gear research. Another 155 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1601, 1602, 1565, 1580 and 1603 are included under the topic Early Gear History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gear Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gear Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gear Notables 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



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Gear or a variant listed above:

Gear Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • George Gear, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1635

Gear Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Paul Gear, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1761
  • Andrew Gear, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1761
  • John Gear settled in Virginia in 1774

Gear Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George Gear, aged 19, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Parsee" in 1873

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gear (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gear (post 1700)



  • Kathy Gear (b. 1967), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 2004
  • John Henry Gear (1825-1900), American Republican politician, Mayor of Burlington, Iowa, 1863; Governor of Iowa, 1878-82; U.S. Representative from Iowa 1st District, 1887-91, 1893-95; U.S. Senator from Iowa, 1895-1900

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    6. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    7. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    8. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    9. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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    The Gear Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gear 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 20 November 2015 at 04:14.

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