Speier History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Speier surname comes from the Old English word "spere," meaning "spear." It may have originally been a nickname for a tall skinny person, or perhaps for a hunter skilled at using the spear. Alternatively, the could have been used for a "watchman or lookout man."   
Another source notes: "Spere, to ask, to inquire; a word used formerly in Scotland and the north of Ireland." 
Early Origins of the Speier family
The surname Speier 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.
Further to the south in Yorkshire, the first record of the family was found in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 when Robertas Spyer was listed there at that time. 
By the 16th century, Richard Spyre was listed as attending Oxford University in 1515; and George Speris was listed in Stirling, Scotland in 1548. 
Early History of the Speier family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Speier research. Another 77 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1417, 1475, 1664, 1626 and are included under the topic Early Speier History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Speier 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.
Early Notables of the Speier family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early Speier Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Speier family to Ireland
Some of the Speier family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Speier migration to the United States +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Speier Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Friedrich Speier, who landed in Texas in 1846 
- Martin Speier, who arrived in America in 1853 
- Joh Speier, who arrived in America in 1854 
- Joh Jak Speier, who landed in America in 1854 
- Andr, III Speier, who landed in America in 1868 
Contemporary Notables of the name Speier (post 1700) +
- Jackie Speier (b. 1950), Democratic congresswoman from California
- Chris Speier (b. 1950), former baseball player and former third base coach for the Chicago Cubs
Related Stories +
- ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
- ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
- ^ 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)