The Keir surname is a habitational name, taken on from the place name, in Stirlingshire.
The surname Keir was first found in on the marches of Westere Fedale in 1242, where Patrick Ker was a juror.
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Scottish surnames are distinguished by a multitude of spelling variations
because, over the centuries, the names were frequently translated into and from Gaelic. Furthermore, the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent because medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules. The different versions of a surname, such as the inclusion of the patronymic
prefix "Mac", frequently indicated a religious or Clan
affiliation or even a division of the family. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into Scotland
, accelerating accentuating the alterations to various surnames. The name Keir has also been spelled Keir, Kier and others.