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Squires is one of the many new names that came to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Squires 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.

Squires Early Origins



The surname Squires 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.

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Squires Spelling Variations


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Squires Spelling Variations



Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Squire, Squair, Skair, Skuyer, Squires and others.

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Squires Early History


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Squires Early History



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

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Squires Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Squires Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Squires In Ireland


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Squires In Ireland



Some of the Squires 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 Great Migration



To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Squires or a variant listed above:

Squires Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Nicholas Squires settled in Virginia in 1654
  • Nich Squires, who landed in Virginia in 1654
  • Mary Squires, who arrived in Maryland in 1674
  • Elizabeth Squires, who landed in Maryland in 1674
  • Ethelia Squires, who arrived in Maryland in 1674
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Squires Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • George Squires settled in Maryland in 1775

Squires Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jonathan Squires, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1807
  • Mr. Squires, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1822
  • L Squires, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • M L Squires, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Thomas Squires, aged 16, arrived in New York in 1854
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Squires Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Benjamin Squires settled in Bay Roberts, Newfoundland in 1675

Squires Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Benjamin Squires settled in Great Bell Island, Newfoundland in 1770
  • Mr. William Squires U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 175 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York, USA [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Richard Squires U.E., (Squeirs) who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 he became a Freeman in 1785 was a Grocer [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Squires Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Squires, English convict from Lincoln, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • Joseph Squires arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1848
  • William Squires, aged 31, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Trafalgar"
  • Susannah Squires, aged 35, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Warren Hastings"
  • Robert Squires, aged 38, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Confiance"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Squires Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Squires arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Empress" in 1865
  • William Squires, aged 34, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874
  • Susan Squires, aged 27, a servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Squires (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Squires (post 1700)



  • Mark Squires, American attorney and wine critic for eRobertParker.com
  • Carolyn M. Squires (1940-2016), American politician, Member of the Montana House of Representatives (2010-2015)
  • William "Bill" Squires, American Track & Field Coach for the Greater Boston Track club, recipient of the Bill Bowerman award (2002)
  • Daniel S. Squires, American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Braxton County, 1875
  • Charles M. Squires, American politician, First Selectman of Vernon, Connecticut, 1920-22
  • Charles Squires, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Nevada, 1956
  • Charles Squires, American politician, Farmer-Labor Candidate for U.S. Representative from Montana 1st District, 1930
  • Charles Squires, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Chenango County, 1830
  • Carolyn Squires, American Democrat politician, Member of Montana State House of Representatives 96th District; Elected 2010
  • C. P. Squires, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Nevada, 1932, 1936 (alternate), 1948 (alternate)
  • ... (Another 18 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Squires Historic Events


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Squires Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Mary  Squires (1857-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Charles  Squires (1879-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Richard  Squires (1882-1917), Canadian resident from Rockingham, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. William  Squires (1914-1917), Canadian resident from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Leonard Squires, British Band Bugler from Mutley, Plymouth, England, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Motto



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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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  2. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  3. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  4. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  5. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  7. 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.
  8. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  11. ...

The Squires Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Squires 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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