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The Speers 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.

Speers Early Origins



The surname Speers 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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Speers Spelling Variations


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Speers 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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Speers Early History


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Speers Early History



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

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Speers Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Speers Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Speers In Ireland


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Speers In Ireland



Some of the Speers 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:

Speers Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Daniel Speers, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Alexander Speers, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1814
  • Robert Speers, who landed in New York in 1819
  • John Speers, who arrived in New York in 1820
  • Henry Speers, who landed in New York, NY in 1831
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Speers (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Speers (post 1700)



  • Ted Speers (b. 1961), American professional NHL ice hockey player
  • Jerrold B. Speers (b. 1942), American politician and lawyer from Maine
  • Robert James "Jim" Speers (1882-1955), Canadian businessman, inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame for his work in Thoroughbred horse racing in Western Canada
  • David Speers, contemporary Australian journalist and the political editor at Sky News Australia
  • James "Jim" Speers, Unionist politician in Northern Ireland

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Speers Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    6. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    9. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    10. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
    11. ...

    The Speers Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Speers 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 23 March 2016 at 16:01.

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