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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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The surname Spires 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.

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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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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

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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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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  • Arthur "Big Boy" Spires (1912-1990), American blues singer and guitarist
  • Gregory Tyrone "Greg" Spires (b. 1974), American NFL football defensive end who played from 1998 to 2008
  • Elizabeth Spires (b. 1952), American poet, recipient of the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship, a Whiting Writers' Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship
  • John P. Spires, American politician, Candidate for Circuit Judge in Michigan 40th Circuit, 1978
  • James Ashley Stuart "Jamie" Spires (b. 1979), English cricketer who played from 1999 to 2005 for Warwickshire
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    Other References

    1. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    2. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
    3. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    6. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
    7. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
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