Stears History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Stears family

The surname Stears was first found in Surrey where Styr was a Lord at the Court of Ethelred the II mentioned in Royal Letters Patent and also mentioned in King Hardicanute's reign. Styr was recorded as the ancestor of Steer, the word "Styr" was an Anglo-Saxon word for "battle" and not to be confused with steer, the animal. Steart, also called Stert, is a small village in Somerset, England. Geoffrey Ster was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Worcestershire in 1209 and later, Robert le Steer was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1296. [1] The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list Willelmus Stere and Johannes Stere as residing there and holding lands at that time. [2] "The Steers or Steeres were a Newdegate family of gentry of the 17th and 18th centuries; and one of the members was rector of Newdegate from 1610 to 1660. The Steeres of Wootton parish in the 17th century were evidently connected with them, and a hundred years ago, Lee Steere, Esq., of Jayes, Wootton, owned property in Newdegate." [3]

Early History of the Stears family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stears research. Another 167 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1667, 1750, 1675, 1649, 1689, 1860, 1772, 1643, 1721, 1672, 1750, 1620, 1628, 1628 and 1638 are included under the topic Early Stears History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Stears Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Steer, Steere, Stear, Steare, Steerrs and others.

Early Notables of the Stears family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Richard Steere (1643-1721), English-born immigrant to America from Chertsey, Surrey who became a colonial American merchant and poet; and Thomas Steers...
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Ireland Migration of the Stears family to Ireland

Some of the Stears family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Stears family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Elizabeth Steere who settled in New England in 1635; Rich, Robert, and Elizabeth Steere settled in Virginia in 1635; John Steer settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1753.


Contemporary Notables of the name Stears (post 1700) +

  • David Stears, American Freelance Director & Dramaturge
  • Marc Stears (b. 1971), American author of "Demanding Democracy: American Radicals in Search of a New Politics"
  • John Stears (1934-1999), English 'Dean of Special Effects' and 'The Real Q', a two time Academy Award winning special effect expert, for work done on "Thunderball" and "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope"
  • Anne Stears, former international cricketer who made two One Day International appearances for South Africa national women's cricket team in 1997


The Stears 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: Tu ne cede me
Motto Translation: Yield thou not to me


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.


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