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The Spear surname comes from the Old English word "spere," meaning "spear." It may have orginally been a nickname for a tall skinny person, or perhaps for a hunter skilled at using the spear.

Spear Early Origins



The surname Spear was first found in Renfrewshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Frił), a historic county of Scotland, today encompassing the Council Areas of Renfrew, East Renfrewshire, and Iverclyde, in the Strathclyde region of southwestern Scotland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Spear Spelling Variations


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Spear Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Speir, Spier, Spears, Speirs, Spiers, Speer, Speers, Spere, Speres, Spire, Spires, Speyer, Speier, Speery and many more.

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Spear Early History


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Spear Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Spear research. Another 157 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1417, 1475, 1626, and 1664 are included under the topic Early Spear History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Spear Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Spear Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Spear In Ireland


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Spear In Ireland



Some of the Spear family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 261 words (19 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:

Spear Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • George Spear, who landed in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1644
  • Stephen Spear who settled in Virginia in 1685

Spear Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Robert Spear, who landed in New England in 1735
  • Philip Spear, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1761
  • Leonard Spear, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1763
  • James Spear, who landed in South Carolina in 1772

Spear Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Spear, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Mr. Spear, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822
  • Mrs. C Spear, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • J Spear, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • G Spear, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Spear Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. John Spear U.E., (Spiers) (b. 1747) born in Georgia, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 he died in 1820 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Spear Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Spear, aged 28, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1845 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ISABELLA WATSON 1845. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1845IsabellaWatson.htm
  • Jemima Spear, aged 20, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1845 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ISABELLA WATSON 1845. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1845IsabellaWatson.htm
  • Samuel Spear arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "David Malcolm" in 1847
  • William Spear, aged 24, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Neptune"
  • William Spear, aged 31, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Standard"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Spear Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth J. Spear, aged 23, a servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Spear (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Spear (post 1700)



  • Matt Spear (b. 1970), American soccer coach
  • Roberta Spear (1948-2003), American poet
  • Terry Spear, award-winning American author
  • Albert Spear (1852-1929), American justice on the Maine Supreme Judicial Court and President of the Maine Senate
  • Ellis Spear (1834-1917), officer in the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment
  • Allan Henry Spear (1937-2008), American politician and educator from Minnesota
  • Clarence Wiley "Doc" Spear (1894-1964), American football player, coach, and doctor
  • Harry Spear (1921-2006), former American child actor
  • Walter Eric Spear (1921-2008), German physicist
  • Thomas George Percival Spear (1901-1982), English historian
  • ... (Another 6 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. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ISABELLA WATSON 1845. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1845IsabellaWatson.htm

Other References

  1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  4. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
  5. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  6. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
  7. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  11. ...

The Spear Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Spear 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 26 October 2016 at 19:58.

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