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

Geer Early Origins



The surname Geer 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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Geer Spelling Variations


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Geer Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Geer include Gear, Geare, Geear, Geere, Gere and others.

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Geer Early History


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Geer Early History



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

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Geer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Geer Early Notables (pre 1700)



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



A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Geer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • George Geer, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1635
  • Thomas Geer, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1635

Geer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Edward Geer, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • John Geer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1760

Geer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Andre Geer, aged 23, arrived in New York, NY in 1848
  • A. C. Geer, aged 36, who emigrated to the United States, in 1894
  • Alice Geer, aged 25, who settled in America, in 1895
  • C.W. Geer, aged 52, who landed in America, in 1895

Geer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Carolyn R Geer, aged 50, who emigrated to America, in 1908
  • Barnard Geer, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1911

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Contemporary Notables of the name Geer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Geer (post 1700)



  • William H. Geer, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Lebanon, 1905-06
  • Walter I. Geer, American politician, Circuit Judge in Georgia Pataula Circuit, 1953
  • Walter Geer Jr., American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Warren County, 1837
  • Theodore Thurston Geer (1851-1924), American Republican politician, Member of Oregon State House of Representatives, 1881-82, 1889-94; Presidential Elector for Oregon, 1896; Governor of Oregon, 1899-1903
  • Roy M. Geer, American politician, Mayor of St. Clair Shores, Michigan, 1965-69
  • Samuel Geer, American politician, Postmaster at Kansas City, Missouri, 1851-53
  • Philip Geer, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 11th District, 1946
  • P. Z. Geer, American politician, Member of Georgia State Board of Education 2nd District, 1948-49
  • Joan Geer, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1972
  • Isaac G. Geer, American Republican politician, First Selectman of Ledyard, Connecticut, 1908; Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Ledyard, 1913-14
  • ... (Another 19 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Geer Historic Events


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Geer Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Alfred Ernest Geer (d. 1912), aged 26, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    2. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    7. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    8. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    9. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    11. ...

    The Geer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Geer 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 15 March 2016 at 11:42.

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