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The Speirs 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.

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, 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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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 157 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1417, 1475, 1626, and 1664 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 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:

Speirs Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Elizabeth Speirs 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

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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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See Also


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    Other References

    1. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
    2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    5. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
    6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    9. 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.
    10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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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.

    This page was last modified on 3 October 2016 at 08:47.

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