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The name Sear was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Sear family lived in Essex. Their name, however, is a reference to Serez, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

Sear Early Origins



The surname Sear was first found in Essex where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Colchester from very ancient times, some say from the reign of King Edmund Ironside in 1016, but this date conflicts with the more likely source of Serez, in the arrondisement of Evreux in Normandy, supporting the contention that the family were granted these lands after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. They held a family seat there continuously from the conquest to 1770.

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Sear Spelling Variations


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Sear Spelling Variations



Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Sears, Seares, Seers, Seeres, Sear, Seare, Seer and many more.

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Sear Early History


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Sear Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sear research. Another 210 words (15 lines of text) covering the year 1630 is included under the topic Early Sear History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sear Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sear Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Sear Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sear In Ireland


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Sear In Ireland



Some of the Sear family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 90 words (6 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



Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlanti c. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Sear or a variant listed above:

Sear Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Sear, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1853

Sear Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Corrie Sear, aged 18, who settled in America from Tring, England, in 1909
  • Arthur Whittall Sear, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1913
  • Frances S. Sear, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Salisbury, Wilts., England, in 1916
  • Catherine Sear, aged 43, who landed in America from London, England, in 1920
  • Harold Sear, aged 21, who settled in America, in 1921

Sear Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Alfred Sear, aged 38, who emigrated to Fort William, Canada, in 1913
  • Ethel Mary Sear, aged 37, who emigrated to Fort William, Canada, in 1913

Sear Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James P. Sear arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry" in 1849

Sear Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Mr Sear landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1843

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sear (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sear (post 1700)



  • Walter Edmond Sear (1930-2010), American recording engineer, instrument importer and instrument designer
  • Morey Leonard Sear (1929-2004), United States federal judge
  • Cliff Sear (1936-2000), Welsh football left back

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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: Honor et fides
Motto Translation: Honor and fidelity.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    2. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    3. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    8. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    9. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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    The Sear Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sear 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 20 October 2016 at 14:25.

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