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

Kier Early Origins



The surname Kier was first found in on the marches of Westere Fedale in 1242, where Patrick Ker was a juror.

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Kier Spelling Variations


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Kier 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 Kier has also been spelled Keir, Kier and others.

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Kier Early History


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Kier Early History



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

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Kier Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kier Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Kier 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 Kier, or a variant listed above: Agnes Keir, who was transported to America in 1687; James Keir, who arrived in United States or West Indies in 1699; William Keir, who came to Boston in 1713.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kier (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kier (post 1700)



  • Harley William "K.W." Kier (1891-1967), American film producer
  • David A. Kier, American politician, 9th Deputy Director of the National Reconnaissance Office(1997-2001)
  • Lemont Kier (b. 1930), American chemist and researcher
  • Lady Miss Kier (b. 1963), stage name of Kierin Magenta Kirby, American singer and DJ
  • Samuel Martin Kier (1813-1874), American inventor and businessman, known for his work in petroleum refining, often referred to as the Grandfather of the American Oil Industry
  • W. H. Kier, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1916 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Katherine S. Kier, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1960, 1964 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Granville Kier, American Democrat politician, Chair of Gentry County Democratic Party, 1967 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Olaf Kier CBE (1899-1986), Danish founder of Kier Group in 1928, one of the United Kingdom's largest construction businesses
  • Udo Kier (b. 1944), German actor
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

Other References

  1. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
  2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  3. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
  4. 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.
  5. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
  6. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
  7. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
  8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  10. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
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The Kier Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kier 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 25 September 2016 at 17:59.

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