Squyres is one of the many new names that came to England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The name Squyres 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.
Early Origins of the Squyres family
The surname Squyres 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.
Early History of the Squyres family
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Squyres 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.
Early Notables of the Squyres family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Squyres family to Ireland
Some of the Squyres 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.
Migration of the Squyres family to the New World and Oceana
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 Squyres or a variant listed above: Robert Squire who settled in Virginia in 1637; Phillip Squier settled in Barbados in 1634; George Squire settled in New England
in 1630; along with Thomas.
Contemporary Notables of the name Squyres (post 1700)
- George Squyres, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Arizona, 2008 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, April 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Timothy S. "Tim" Squyres (b. 1959), American two-time Academy Award and BAFTA Award nominated film editor, known for his work on Life of Pi (2012), Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) and Hulk (2003)
- Steven W. Squyres, American Goldwin Smith Professor of Astronomy at Cornell University, NASA Opportunity lead scientist
The Squyres 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.