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Where did the Scottish Spires family come from? What is the Scottish Spires family crest and coat of arms? When did the Spires family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Spires family history?

The Spires 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.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Speir, Spier, Spears, Speirs, Spiers, Speer, Speers, Spere, Speres, Spire, Spires, Speyer, Speier, Speery and many more.

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

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More information is included under the topic Early Spires Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Spires 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.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Spires Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • John Spires, who arrived in Mississippi in 1798

Spires Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Richard Spires, aged 53, who landed in America from Woodford, in 1892
  • Mary Spires, aged 40, who emigrated to the United States, in 1893

Spires Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Alert Spires, who settled in America from Liverpool, in 1901
  • John C. Spires, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1901
  • Lily Spires, aged 26, who emigrated to America from Liverpool, in 1901
  • Lucy Spires, aged 11, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1901
  • Sarah Spires, aged 50, who settled in America, in 1909


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  • Elizabeth Spires (b. 1952), American poet, recipient of the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship, a Whiting Writers' Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship
  • Gregory Tyrone "Greg" Spires (b. 1974), American NFL football defensive end who played from 1998 to 2008
  • Arthur "Big Boy" Spires (1912-1990), American blues singer and guitarist
  • James Ashley Stuart "Jamie" Spires (b. 1979), English cricketer who played from 1999 to 2005 for Warwickshire


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  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
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  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. 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).
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The Spires Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Spires 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 13 March 2015 at 14:59.

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