As we follow the name Giere back through history, we find that the surname is ultimately derived from the Middle English word "geary," meaning "changeable" or "passionate."
Early Origins of the Giere family
The surname Giere 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.
Early History of the Giere family
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Giere Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Giere have been found, including Gear, Geare, Geear, Geere, Gere and others.
Early Notables of the Giere family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Giere family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Giere, or a variant listed above: Thomas Geare, who came to Boston in 1635; George Gere, who also arrived Boston in 1635; Wm Gear, who came to Virginia in 1678; Solomon Gear, an 'emigrant in bondage,' who arrived in Boston in 1720.