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The Keir surname is a habitational name, taken on from the place name, in Stirlingshire.

Keir Early Origins



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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Keir Spelling Variations


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Keir Spelling Variations



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.

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Keir Early History


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Keir Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keir research. Another 110 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1366, and 1462 are included under the topic Early Keir History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Keir Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Keir Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Keir 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



Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Keir, or a variant listed above:

Keir Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Reid Moses Keir, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1820 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Keir Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Daniel Keir, aged 30, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Melbourne"

Keir Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Adam Keir, who landed in Rangitikei, New Zealand in 1840
  • Thomas Keir, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Elizabeth Keir, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1870
  • Christina Keir, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "British King" in 1883

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Contemporary Notables of the name Keir (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Keir (post 1700)



  • Leitch Keir (1861-1922), Scottish footballer
  • Colin Keir (b. 1959), Scottish politician, Member of the Scottish Parliament
  • Nick Keir (b. 1953), Scottish musician, best known for his work with The McCalmans
  • Andrew Keir (1926-1997), Scottish actor, best known for his starring role as Professor Bernard Quatermass in Hammer's film version of Quatermass and the Pit (1967)
  • James Keir (1735-1820), Scottish chemist, geologist, industrialist and inventor
  • David Keir (1884-1971), British film actor
  • Lieutenant General Sir John Keir (1856-1937), British Army officer during the Boer War and World War I
  • Jack Keir, Canadian politician, MLA for Fundy-River Valley, New Brunswick (2006-2010)
  • Sir David Lindsay Keir (1895-1973), British historian, President and Vice-Chancellor of Queen's University Belfast (1939-1949), Master of Balliol College, Oxford (1949-1965)

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Keir Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Other References

  1. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  2. 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.
  3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  5. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  6. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
  7. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  8. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  9. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  10. 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).
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The Keir Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Keir 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.

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