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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



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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Gear Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Paul Gear, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1761 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Andrew Gear, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1761 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • John Gear, who settled in Virginia in 1774

Gear Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George Gear, aged 19, a labourer, who 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)



  • W. Michael Gear (b. 1955), American writer and archaeologist
  • Thomas D. "Tom" Gear Gear (b. 1949), American politician, Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from the 91st district (2002-2010)
  • Kathleen O'Neal Gear (b. 1954), American writer
  • Dale Dudley Gear (1872-1951), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1896 to 1901
  • C. William Gear (b. 1935), British-born, American applied mathematician
  • Kathy Gear (b. 1967), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 2004 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • 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 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Simon Gear (b. 1974), English cricketer
  • Michael Frederick Gear (b. 1934), English cleric, former Bishop of Doncaster
  • William Gear (1915-1997), Scottish painter
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

Other References

  1. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  2. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  4. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  5. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  6. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  7. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  8. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. 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 7 March 2017 at 07:11.

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