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The Spiers 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.

Spiers Early Origins



The surname Spiers 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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Spiers Spelling Variations


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Spiers 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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Spiers Early History


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Spiers Early History



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

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Spiers Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Spiers Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Spiers In Ireland


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Spiers In Ireland



Some of the Spiers 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:

Spiers Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Hendrick Jansen Spiers, who arrived in New York in 1661

Spiers Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Henry Spiers, who landed in Virginia in 1744

Spiers Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Spiers, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Mrs. John Spiers, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • George Spiers, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1832
  • William Spiers, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Mary Spiers, aged 30, landed in New York in 1862

Spiers Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Henry Spiers, aged 18, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Emily"
  • Henry Spiers arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Emily" in 1849
  • H. Spiers arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1849

Spiers Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Spiers, aged 27, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Oriental" in 1840
  • Harriet Spiers, aged 30, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Oriental" in 1840
  • James Spiers landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841
  • Matthew Spiers, aged 35, a shepherd, arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Christian McAusland" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Spiers (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Spiers (post 1700)



  • Ronald I. Spiers (b. 1925), former American ambassador-diplomat and member of Diplomats and Military Commanders for Change
  • Ronald Ian Spiers (b. 1925), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Bahamas, 1973-74; Turkey, 1977-80; Pakistan, 1981-83
  • J. R. Spiers, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 25th District, 1913-14
  • Alexander Spiers (1807-1869), English lexicographer who spent 14 years compiling a new English-French and French-English dictionary
  • Felix William Spiers (1832-1911), British restaurateur and hotelier
  • Elizabeth Spiers (b. 1976), American founding editor of gossip blog Gawker.com and the Wall Street gossip site dealbreaker.com
  • Cyril Spiers (1902-1967), English former professional footballer and manager
  • Bob Spiers (1945-2008), British two-time BAFTA Award winning television director, known for his second series of Fawlty Towers (1979)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
    2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    3. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    4. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    5. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    6. 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.
    7. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    9. 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).
    10. 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.
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    The Spiers Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Spiers 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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