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Shears is a name that was brought to England by the ancestors of the Shears family when they emigrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Shears comes from the Norman given name Essira.

Shears Early Origins



The surname Shears was first found in Surrey where they held a family seat from ancient times being Lords of the Manor of Shere recorded in the Domesday Book Survey taken in 1086 A.D. as being 'King's Land' and consisting of a church and mills. The original name of the village of Shere was 'Essira' and it may be taken that this was also the original spelling of the surname, taken from an unknown Norman noble who entered into England with William the Conqueror in 1066.

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Shears Spelling Variations


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Shears Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Shears were recorded, including Shere, Sheres, Shear, Shears, Sheares, Sheare, Sheares, Sheer, Sheers, Sheere, Sheeres, Shire, Shires, Shiers, Shier, Shiere, Sheir, Sheirs, Sheire and many more.

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Shears Early History


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Shears Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shears research. Another 203 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1614 and 1685 are included under the topic Early Shears History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Shears Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Shears Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Shears In Ireland


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Shears In Ireland



Some of the Shears family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 146 words (10 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



The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Shears arrived in North America very early:

Shears Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Shears arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682
  • John Shears, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682

Shears Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jo Shears settled in Georgia in 1734

Shears Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Shears, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1824
  • Christopher, George, James, John, Joseph, Pheobe, and Sarah Shears, one family, all arrived in New York in 1830

Shears Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Alexander Shears, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

Shears Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Shears, aged 50, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waitangi" in 1874
  • Hannah Shears, aged 48, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waitangi" in 1874
  • Henry Shears, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waitangi" in 1874
  • Mary Shears, aged 23, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waitangi" in 1874
  • James Shears, aged 5, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waitangi" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Shears (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Shears (post 1700)



  • George Penfield Shears (1890-1978), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Curtis Shears (1901-1988), American Olympic bronze medalist fencer at the 1932 Summer Olympics
  • Anthony J. Shears (b. 1983), American poet and rapper
  • The Reverend Ernest Henry Shears (1849-1917), Anglican clergyman in South Africa, Archdeacon of Durban (1887 to 1892)
  • Daniel Towers Shears (1784-1820), English coppersmith and inventor

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Shears Historic Events


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Shears Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. C Shears, British Boy, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Norman Stewart Shears, British Petty Officer Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    4. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    6. 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).
    7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    10. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    11. ...

    The Shears Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shears 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 28 April 2016 at 07:04.

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