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The name Lear came to England with the ancestors of the Lear family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Lear family lived in Leicestershire. This surname was originally derived from the Old French de L'Eyre, a reference to a place in the arrondissement of Evreux in Normandy.

Lear Early Origins



The surname Lear was first found in Leicestershire where they held a family seat from early times.

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Lear Spelling Variations


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Lear Spelling Variations



Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Lear, Leare, Leer, Leere and others.

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Lear Early History


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Lear Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lear research. Another 181 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1272, 1602, 1642, 1662, 1722, 1798, 1802 and 1804 are included under the topic Early Lear History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Lear Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Lear Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Tobias Lear, an American diplomat who was appointed by George Washington as his military secretary in 1798 and appointed by...

Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lear Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Lear In Ireland


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Lear In Ireland



Some of the Lear family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Lear or a variant listed above:

Lear Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Mort Lear who arrived in Virginia in 1649
  • Mart Lear, who arrived in Virginia in 1649
  • Tobias Lear who sailed to New England in 1650
  • Pierre Lear, aged 40, arrived in New York in 1698

Lear Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Anne Lear, who landed in Virginia in 1704
  • Henderick Lear, aged 30, landed in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Adam Lear, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773

Lear Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Peter Lear, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812
  • John Lear, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815
  • W Lear, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

Lear Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Lear arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Hartley" in 1837 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HARTLEY 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837Hartley.htm
  • David Lear, English convict from Birmingham, Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on March 6, 1848, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anna Maria voyage to Van Diemen's Land or Port Phillip, Australia in 1848 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anna-maria/1848
  • Humphrey Lear arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eliza" in 1849
  • Jane Lear arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eliza" in 1849
  • Humphry Lear, aged 28, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Eliza"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Lear Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Caroline Lear arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1858
  • William Lear, aged 26, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1872

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Contemporary Notables of the name Lear (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Lear (post 1700)



  • Harold C. "Hal" Lear Jr. (1935-2016), American NBA basketball player
  • Thomas Van Lear (1864-1931), American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for Governor of Minnesota, 1902; Mayor of Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1917-19
  • General Ben Lear (1879-1966), American Commander in Chief Army Ground Force (1944-1945)
  • William A. Lear, American politician, Mayor of Clarksburg, West Virginia, 1971
  • Hattie Lear, American Republican politician, Member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1949
  • George Lear, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1856; Pennsylvania State Attorney General, 1875-79
  • Floyd Lear, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1972
  • William Powell Lear (1902-1978), American inventor and businessman. He is best known for founding the Lear Jet Corporation
  • Ben Lear, American commander of the U.S. 2nd Army in World War II
  • Norman Lear (b. 1922), American renowned writer, actor, director and producer
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Lear Historic Events


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Lear Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. George Ralph Lear, British Leading Supply Assistant, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HARTLEY 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837Hartley.htm
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anna Maria voyage to Van Diemen's Land or Port Phillip, Australia in 1848 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anna-maria/1848

Other References

  1. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. 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. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  4. 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.
  5. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  7. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  8. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
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The Lear Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lear 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 30 June 2016 at 09:19.

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