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The Speir 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.

Speir Early Origins



The surname Speir 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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Speir Spelling Variations


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Speir 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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Speir Early History


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Speir Early History



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

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Speir Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Speir Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Speir In Ireland


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Speir In Ireland



Some of the Speir 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:

Speir Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Anne Speir, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Jane Speir, who arrived in America in 1774
  • Alexander Speir settled in Wilmington North Carolina in 1774
  • Alexander Speir, aged 19, arrived in North Carolina in 1774

Speir Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Speir, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1807
  • Jane Speir, aged 25, who arrived in America from Londonderry, in 1892
  • Mary E. Speir, aged 28, who arrived in America from Glasgow, in 1892
  • Samuel Speir, aged 23, who arrived in America, in 1894
  • Margaret Speir, aged 45, who arrived in America, in 1895
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Speir Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Kenneth Robert Mapie Speir, aged 27, who arrived in America from Loughborough, in 1904
  • Mrs. Francis Speir, who arrived in America, in 1906
  • Oswald Speir, aged 14, who arrived in America, in 1907
  • Gottfried Speir, aged 7, who arrived in America, in 1907
  • Adolphos Speir, aged 40, who arrived in America, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Speir (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Speir (post 1700)



  • Mark Speir, American head coach of the Western Carolina Catamounts college football team
  • Henry Columbus "H.C." Speir (1895-1972), American record store owner who helped launch the recording careers of many Mississippi blues musicians in the 1920s and 1930s
  • Dona Speir (b. 1964), American model
  • Rupert Malise Speir (1910-1998), British Conservative Party politician, Member of Parliament for Hexham (1951–1966)

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    2. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
    5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    8. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    10. 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.
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    The Speir Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Speir 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 30 March 2016 at 23:56.

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