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The Spears 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.

Spears Early Origins



The surname Spears was first found in Renfrewshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Friù), 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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Spears Spelling Variations


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Spears 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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Spears Early History


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Spears Early History



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

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Spears Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Spears Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Spears In Ireland


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Spears In Ireland



Some of the Spears 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:

Spears Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Spears, who landed in America in 1760-1763
  • James Spears settled in New England in 1761

Spears Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Spears, who landed in America in 1810
  • William Spears, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1824
  • Alexander Spears, who landed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1838
  • Allen Spears, who arrived in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1838
  • John Spears, who landed in Arkansas in 1855
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Spears Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • James Spears, aged 47, who landed in America from Belfast, Ireland, in 1904
  • James Spears, aged 5, who emigrated to the United States from Lanarkshire, Scotland, in 1910
  • Elizabeth Spears, aged 11, who emigrated to the United States from Lanarkshire, Scotland, in 1910
  • Annie Spears, aged 38, who settled in America from Lanarkshire, Scotland, in 1910
  • Charles Spears, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States from Anfield Plain, England, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Spears Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Ebenezer Spears U.E. who settled in St. David, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [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

Spears Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • George Spears, aged 23, who emigrated to Halifax, Canada, in 1908
  • Alexander Spears, aged 52, who emigrated to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, in 1910
  • Gladys Spears, aged 24, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1920
  • John Spears, aged 39, who emigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1922
  • Ethel Spears, aged 35, who emigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1922

Spears Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Gregory Spears, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Navarino"
  • William Spears, aged 32, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"

Spears Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Spears landed in Epsom, Auckland, New Zealand in 1843

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Contemporary Notables of the name Spears (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Spears (post 1700)



  • Bryan Spears (b. 1977), American film and television producer
  • Lynne Irene Spears (b. 1955), née Bridges, an American author and mother of Bryan Spears, Britney Spears, and Jamie Lynn Spears
  • The Right Reverend Robert Rae Spears Jr. (1918-2008), American Christian clergyman, former Episcopal Bishop of Rochester, New York
  • Jamie Lynn Spears (b. 1991), American actress, singer, and the younger sister of pop singer Britney Spears
  • Marcus Spears (b. 1983), American former NFL football defensive end who played from 2005 to 2013
  • Marcus Spears (b. 1971), American former NFL football offensive tackle who played from 1994 to 2004
  • Warren Spears (1954-2005), American dancer and choreographer
  • Ken Spears (b. 1942), American TV writer and animator
  • Tim Spears, English rugby league player for the Featherstone Rovers
  • Robert "Bob" Spears (1893-1950), Australian cyclist, posthumously inducted to the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1985
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Spears Historic Events


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Spears Historic Events




Arrow Air Flight 1285

  • Mr. James M Spears (b. 1953), American Specialist 4th Class from Costa Mesa, California, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Patrick James Spears, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking, also sailed aboard the HMS Exeter

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Suggested Readings for the name Spears


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Suggested Readings for the name Spears



  • The Families of Ruebsman, Spear, et al by Neil N. Ruebsamen.
  • John E. and Noah Spears in Kentucky, Missouri, Kansas, Texas & Oklahama by L.K. Gillespie.

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Spears Family Crest Products


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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

Other References

  1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  4. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  5. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  6. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  7. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
  8. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
  9. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

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