Steere History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Steere family

The surname Steere 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 Steere family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Steere 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 Steere History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Steere Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Steere 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 Steere family to Ireland

Some of the Steere 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.

United States Steere migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Steere Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Elizabeth Steere who settled in New England in 1635
  • Rich, Robert, and Elizabeth Steere, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Robert Steere, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Eliz Steere, aged 18, who landed in America in 1635 [4]
  • Rich Steere, aged 24, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Steere migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Steere Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Sir James George Lee Steere KCMG (1830–1903), bonr in Ockley Surrey, he emigrated to Western Australia in 1860 and leased 100,000 acres and became one of the first elected members of the Western Australian Legislative Council

Contemporary Notables of the name Steere (post 1700) +

  • William C. Steere, American biologist at McMurdo Station (1964-1965), eponym of Mount Steere, Antarctica
  • Robert Steere (1833-1910), American early pioneer of Los Angeles, California, Member of the Los Angeles Common Council
  • Richard Clarke Steere (1909-2001), American bronze medalist Olympic fencer at the 1932 Summer Olympics
  • Joseph Beal Steere (1842-1940), American ornithologist
  • Henry Jonah Steere (1830-1889), prominent American philanthropist and industrialist from Rhode Island, co-founder and benefactor of the Providence Home For Aged Men, now known as Steere House
  • Frederick Eugene "Gene" Steere (1872-1942), American Major League Baseball player for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1894
  • Douglas Van Steere (1901-1995), American Quaker ecumenist, professor of philosophy at Haverford College (1928-1964)
  • Arthur Wallace Steere (1865-1943), American politician, Rhode Island Senator
  • Allen C. Steere, American professor of rheumatology at Harvard University
  • E. B. Steere, American politician, Mayor of Bloomington, Illinois, 1876, 1879 [5]
  • ... (Another 12 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. H Steere, British Able Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [6]

The Steere 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.
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from
  6. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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