In ancient Scotland
, Muer was a Strathclyde-Briton name for someone who lived near a moor, or heath. In Gaelic, Mor means great or big; therefore, a scribe may have mistaken the adjective Mor as a surname More or Muir. This may explain the occurrence of the surname Muir, or a variant in Northern Scotland
. The name Muir would seem out of place in that region because it holds a meaning of "living by a moor or heath," not the typical landscape of the highlands. Judging by its meaning, Muir is a local
name of the south that described the area, in which the original bearer lived or held land.
Early Origins of the Muer family
The surname Muer was first found in Ayrshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland
, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire
, where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Scotland
to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Muer family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Muer research.Another 317 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1291, 1300, 1296, 1700, 1407, 1393, 1397, 1594, 1657, 1887 and 1959 are included under the topic Early Muer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Muer Spelling Variations
Prior to the first dictionaries, scribes spelled words according to sound. This, and the fact that Scottish names were repeatedly translated from Gaelic to English and back, contributed to the enormous number of spelling variations
in Scottish names. Muer has been spelled Muir, Mure, Moor, Moore, Mure, More, Moorman and many more.
Early Notables of the Muer family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was Robert More II (died 1407), of Pamber, Hampshire
, English politician, appointed High Sheriff
for 1393-94, elected a Member of Parliament for Hampshire
in 1397; Sir William... Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Muer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Muer family to Ireland
Some of the Muer family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 155 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Muer family to the New World and Oceana
In such difficult times, the difficulties of raising the money to cross the Atlantic to North America did not seem so large compared to the problems of keeping a family together in Scotland
. It was a journey well worth the cost, since it was rewarded with land and freedom the Scots could not find at home. The American War of Independence
solidified that freedom, and many of those settlers went on to play important parts in the forging of a great nation. Among them: George Muir (Moore) who was banished to New Jersey from Scotland
in 1685; James Muir and his wife and children, who settled in Georgia in 1732; Colin Moore, listed as a Scot banished to the American colonies in 1747.
Contemporary Notables of the name Muer (post 1700)
- Joseph Muer, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1916 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
The Muer Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Duris non frangor
Motto Translation: I am not disheartened by difficulties.