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
Early Origins of the Sear family
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
in 1066. They held a family seat there continuously from the conquest to 1770.
Early History of the Sear family
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.
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.
Early Notables of the Sear family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sear family to 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.
Migration of the Sear family to the New World and Oceana
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 Atlantic. 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 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry" in 1849 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The SIR EDWARD PARRY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849SirEdwardParry.htm
Sear Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Mr Sear, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1843
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
The Sear 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.