On the Scottish west coast, the Tears family was born among the ancient Dalriadan clans. Their name comes from the Gaelic form Mac-an-Tsaoir,
which denotes son of the carpenter or wright.
Early Origins of the Tears family
The surname Tears was first found in on the Isle of Iona
, where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Tears family
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Tears Spelling Variations
In the Middle Ages, the translation between Gaelic and English was not a highly developed process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and so, an enormous number of spelling variations
appear in records of early Scottish names. Tears has appeared as MacAteer, MacTear, MacTeir, MacTire, MacAtee, MacAtter, MacAttur and many more.
Early Notables of the Tears family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Tears family to Ireland
Some of the Tears family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Tears family to the New World and Oceana
These settlers arrived in North America at a time when the east was burgeoning with prosperous colonies and the expanses of the west were just being opened up. The American War of Independence
was also imminent. Some Scots stayed to fight for a new country, while others who remained loyal went north as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of them went on to rediscover their heritage in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic Scottish events. The Tears were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Tears Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- John Owen Tears, aged 37, who emigrated to the United States, in 1917
- Carl Tears, who settled in America, in 1918
- Earl Tears, aged 18, who landed in America, in 1918
- John D. Tears, aged 40, who settled in America, in 1921
- Fred Tears, aged 37, who emigrated to the United States, in 1924
The Tears 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: Per ardua
Motto Translation: Through difficulties.