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

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

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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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.

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More information is included under the topic Early Kier Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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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  • W. H. Kier, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1916
  • Katherine S. Kier, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1960, 1964
  • Granville Kier, American Democrat politician, Chair of Gentry County Democratic Party, 1967
  • 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
  • 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

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  1. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  3. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  5. 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.
  6. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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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.

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