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The name Squier was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Squier is for a squire. Looking back even further, we found the name was originally derived from the Old French word escuyer, which indicated someone of the social rank immediately below a knight.

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The surname Squier was first found in Worcestershire where they held a family seat from very early times as Lords of the manor of Hanbury, and also estates in Devon, which were granted by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Squier were recorded, including Squire, Squair, Skair, Skuyer, Squires and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Squier research. Another 210 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1387, and 1700 are included under the topic Early Squier 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 Squier Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Squier family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 89 words (6 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 unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Squier arrived in North America very early:

Squier Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Phillip Squier settled in Barbados in 1634
  • Phillipp Squier, aged 20, landed in Barbados or StChristopher in 1634
  • William Squier, who arrived in Maryland in 1665

Squier Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mr. Squier, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822
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  • Ziba L. Squier, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Chautauqua County 1st District, 1935
  • Raymond C. Squier, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Columbia, 1922, 1926
  • Orrin D. Squier, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Branford, 1823
  • L. B. Squier, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1912
  • Karla Squier, American Republican politician, Member of New Jersey Republican State Committee, 1976
  • John J. Squier, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1884
  • Cecil C. Squier, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1940
  • Albert C. Squier, American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Ashford; Elected 1906
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Tiens ferme
Motto Translation: Hold firm.

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    Other References

    1. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    2. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    3. 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).
    4. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    9. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    10. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
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    The Squier Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Squier 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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