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The Mears surname is thought to derive from either the Old English word "mere," meaning "pond," or from "maere," which meant "boundary." In either case, the name was probably topographic, taken on by someone who lived near one these features.

Mears Early Origins



The surname Mears was first found in Somerset at Meare, a village and civil parish in the union of Wells, hundred of Glaston-Twelve-Hides, north west of Glastonbury. Nearby is Meare Lake Village, the site of an Iron Age settlement. The Abbot's Fish House was built in the 14th century when Adam of Sodbury was the abbot of Glastonbury Abbey. One of the first records of the place name was as Mere, which was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
The place name literally means "place at the pool or lake." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

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Mears Spelling Variations


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Mears Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Meares, Mear, Mears, Meer, Meere and others.

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Mears Early History


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Mears Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mears research. Another 121 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1634, 1715 and 1659 are included under the topic Early Mears History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Mears Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Mears Early Notables (pre 1700)



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Mears In Ireland


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Mears In Ireland



Some of the Mears family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 53 words (4 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


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mears Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Mears, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1638
  • John Mears, who arrived in Virginia in 1666

Mears Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Mears, who landed in America in 1794

Mears Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jeames Mears, who landed in America in 1807
  • Thomas Mears, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • Caroline Mears, aged 16, landed in Key West, Fla in 1838
  • John Mears, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854
  • Frank Mears, aged 27, landed in San Francisco, California in 1868
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Mears Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Francis Mears, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Francis Mears, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Eliza Mears, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750

Mears Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Mears arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1846
  • Isabella Mears, aged 22, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Punjab"

Mears Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Mears, aged 39, a farmer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Susannah Mears, aged 43, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Elizabeth Mears, aged 16, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • William Mears, aged 15, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Jane Mears, aged 14, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Mears (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Mears (post 1700)



  • Thomas Mears (1775-1832), American-born, Canadian businessman and politician in Upper Canada
  • Ray Mears (1926-2007), American collegiate basketball coach at Wittenberg University (1957-1962) and the University of Tennessee (1963-1977)
  • Rick Ravon Mears (b. 1951), retired American race car driver, four-time winner of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race
  • John Henry Mears (1878-1956), American Broadway producer and adventurer
  • Helen Farnsworth Mears (1872-1916), American sculptor
  • William C. Mears, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Arkansas 3rd District, 1978
  • William Mears, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1888
  • William Mears, American politician, U.S. Attorney for Illinois, 1813-19; Illinois State Attorney General, 1819-21
  • Grant S. Mears, American Republican politician, Member of Nebraska State House of Representatives 20th District, 1915
  • Clifford Mears, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1940
  • ... (Another 14 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. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  2. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  5. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  6. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  7. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  9. 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).
  10. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  11. ...

The Mears Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mears 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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