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The Spier 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.

Spier Early Origins



The surname Spier 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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Spier Spelling Variations


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Spier 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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Spier Early History


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Spier Early History



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

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Spier Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Spier Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Spier In Ireland


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Spier In Ireland



Some of the Spier 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:

Spier Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Johannes Spier, who landed in America in 1650
  • Mrs. Hendrick Jansen Spier, who arrived in New York in 1660
  • Hendrick Jansen Spier, who landed in New York, NY in 1660

Spier Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • David Spier, who arrived in New England in 1727
  • John Spier, who arrived in North Carolina in 1740
  • William Spier, who arrived in North Carolina in 1740
  • George Frederick Spier, aged 40, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1775
  • Bernard Spier, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1792

Spier Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Christiana Spier, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • John, Mary, Samuel, William, and Michael Spier all settled in Baltimore in 1820
  • Isaac Spier, aged 17, arrived in New York in 1854

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Contemporary Notables of the name Spier (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Spier (post 1700)



  • Silas B. Spier, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1892 ; Candidate in primary for Circuit Judge in Michigan 16th Circuit, 1911
  • Joseph Spier, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Montgomery and Hamilton counties, 1823, 1829
  • James E. Spier, American Republican politician, Circuit Judge in Michigan 16th Circuit, 1929-67; Appointed 1929

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. 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).
    2. 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.
    3. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    4. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    5. 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).
    6. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
    7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    8. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    9. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
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    The Spier Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Spier 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 11 November 2015 at 11:54.

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