Home

Digital Products

Prints

Apparel

Home & Barware

Gifts


Customer Service



Gier History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Hebrides islands and Western coastal mountains of Scotland were once part of the ancient kingdom of Dalriada. The name Gier was born there, as a nickname for a short person. The Gaelic form of the surname is Mac an gheairr, which means son of the short or low-sized man.

Early Origins of the Gier family


The surname Gier was first found in Kirkcudbrightshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Chille Chuithbheirt), part of the present day Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway, former county in Southwestern Scotland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, and were believed to be descended from one of the many (350) chiefs who accompanied the banished King Colla da Crioch, who left Ireland for the Hebrides and south west Scotland in the year 327. This ancient Irish clann were originally from County Armagh in Ireland.

Early History of the Gier family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gier research.
Another 247 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1684, 1658 and 1890 are included under the topic Early Gier History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gier Spelling Variations


Translation in medieval times was an undeveloped science and was often carried out without due care. For this reason, many early Scottish names appeared radically altered when written in English. The spelling variations of Gier include McGirr, McGeer, McGear, MacGirr, MacGeer, McGhirr and many more.

Early Notables of the Gier family (pre 1700)


More information is included under the topic Early Gier Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Gier family to Ireland


Some of the Gier family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 123 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Gier family to the New World and Oceana


Many of the ancestors of Dalriadan families who arrived in North America still live in communities along the east coast of Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence many of the original settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the ancestors of many Scots began recovering their collective national heritage through Clan societies, highland games, and other patriotic events. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Gier or a variant listed above:

Gier Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Marie Gier, aged 32, who arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the ship "La Champagne" from Havre, France [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6T5-PM7 : 6 December 2014), Marie Gier, 12 Jun 1893; citing departure port Havre, arrival port New York, ship name La Champagne, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Elise Gier, aged 20, who arrived in New York in 1894 aboard the ship "Werkendam" from Rotterdam, Netherlands [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXMT-25M : 6 December 2014), Elise Gier, 27 Sep 1894; citing departure port Rotterdam, arrival port New York, ship name Werkendam, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Elise Gier, aged 17, originally from Nuedorf, who arrived in New York in 1898 aboard the ship "Westernland" from Antwerp, Belgium [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXH9-866 : 6 December 2014), Elise Gier, 24 May 1898; citing departure port Antwerp, arrival port New York, ship name Westernland, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Gier Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Theo Gier, aged 61, who arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Rotterdam" from Rotterdam, Netherlands [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6GJ-BMN : 6 December 2014), Theo Gier, 26 Aug 1921; citing departure port Rotterdam, arrival port New York, ship name Rotterdam, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Grace Gier, aged 45, arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Rotterdam" from Rotterdam, Netherlands [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6GJ-BMJ : 6 December 2014), Grace Gier, 26 Aug 1921; citing departure port Rotterdam, arrival port New York, ship name Rotterdam, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Pauline G. Gier, aged 29, arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Rotterdam" from Rotterdam, Netherlands [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6GJ-BMV : 6 December 2014), Pauline G. Gier, 26 Aug 1921; citing departure port Rotterdam, arrival port New York, ship name Rotterdam, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Contemporary Notables of the name Gier (post 1700)


  • Scott G. Gier (b. 1948), American science fiction author
  • Michael Gier (b. 1967), Swiss gold medalist rower at the 1996 Summer Olympics, brother of Markus Gier
  • Markus Gier (b. 1970), Swiss gold medalist rower at the 1996 Summer Olympics
  • Robert James Dazo "Rob" Gier (b. 1981), retired Filipino footballer

Historic Events for the Gier family



Bismarck

  • Hans Gier (1919-1941), German Matrosengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details

Gier Family Crest Products



See Also



Citations


  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6T5-PM7 : 6 December 2014), Marie Gier, 12 Jun 1893; citing departure port Havre, arrival port New York, ship name La Champagne, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXMT-25M : 6 December 2014), Elise Gier, 27 Sep 1894; citing departure port Rotterdam, arrival port New York, ship name Werkendam, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXH9-866 : 6 December 2014), Elise Gier, 24 May 1898; citing departure port Antwerp, arrival port New York, ship name Westernland, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6GJ-BMN : 6 December 2014), Theo Gier, 26 Aug 1921; citing departure port Rotterdam, arrival port New York, ship name Rotterdam, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6GJ-BMJ : 6 December 2014), Grace Gier, 26 Aug 1921; citing departure port Rotterdam, arrival port New York, ship name Rotterdam, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6GJ-BMV : 6 December 2014), Pauline G. Gier, 26 Aug 1921; citing departure port Rotterdam, arrival port New York, ship name Rotterdam, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  7. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details

Sign Up