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The Speirs 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." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
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Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
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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)

Another source notes: "Spere, to ask, to inquire; a word used formerly in Scotland and the north of Ireland." [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print


Speirs Early Origins



The surname Speirs 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. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

By the 16th century, Richard Spyre was listed as attending Oxford University in 1515; and George Speris was listed in Stirling, Scotland in 1548.


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Speirs Spelling Variations


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Speirs 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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Speirs Early History


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Speirs Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Speirs research. Another 144 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1417, 1475, 1664, 1626 and are included under the topic Early Speirs History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Speirs Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Speirs Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Speirs In Ireland


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Speirs In Ireland



Some of the Speirs family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 212 words (15 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Speirs Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Elizabeth Speirs, who settled in Virginia in 1774

Speirs Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mrs. John Speirs, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Speirs (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Speirs (post 1700)



  • Archibald Alexander Speirs (1840-1868), Scottish Liberal politician, Member of Parliament for Renfrewshire (1865-1868)
  • William MacLeod Speirs (1952-2009), Scottish trade union leader, General Secretary of the Scottish Trades Union Congress
  • Alexander Speirs (d. 1844), Scottish politician, Lord Lieutenant of Renfrewshire (1838–1844)
  • Walter Gardner Speirs (b. 1963), Scottish former footballer and manager
  • Lieutenant Colonel Ronald C. Speirs (1920-2007), Scottish-born, United States Army officer who served in the 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment and 101st Airborne Division during World War II
  • James Hamilton "Jimmy" Speirs (1886-1917), Scottish footballer who scored the winning goal in the 1911 FA Cup Final, recipient of the Military Medal during the First World War
  • Camilla Speirs, Irish equestrian at the 2012 Summer Olympics
  • Rosalind "Ros" Speirs (b. 1951), retired Australian Logie Award winning film and television actress, known for her roles in Silent Number, Heidi and the miniseries Power Without Glory
  • Annie Coupe Speirs (1889-1926), British gold medalist freestyle swimmer at the 1912 Summer Olympics
  • Steve Speirs (b. 1965), born Steven Roberts, a Welsh actor

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  5. ^ 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)

Other References

  1. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
  2. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  3. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
  4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  5. 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).
  6. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. 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. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
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The Speirs Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Speirs 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.

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