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

Geare Early Origins



The surname Geare 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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Geare Spelling Variations


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Geare Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Geare are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Geare include: Gear, Geare, Geear, Geere, Gere and others.

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Geare Early History


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Geare Early History



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

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Geare Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Geare Early Notables (pre 1700)



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



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Geare or a variant listed above:

Geare Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Geare, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1635
  • John Geare settled in New England in 1674

Geare Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Henry Geare, who landed in America in 1760
  • Henry Geare settled in New England in 1762

Geare Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Benjamin Way Geare, who arrived in New York in 1836

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Contemporary Notables of the name Geare (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Geare (post 1700)



  • Alan Geare, Professor of industrial relations at the University of Otago (1987-) in New Zealand

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Geare Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. 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.
    2. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    5. 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.
    6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    7. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    8. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    9. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    10. 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.
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    The Geare Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Geare 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 December 2013 at 14:12.

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