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The name Wear is derived from the Old English word "wer" which meant a "weir, dam, fishing-trap" In other words, the family were "dwellers by a dam" or "keepers of the fishing-weir," or fishermen. Today in Britain, Weare and Lower Weare are small villages in Somerset, England, on the River Axe, south of the Mendip Hills. And in the US: Weare, New Hampshire; and Weare Township, Michigan are listed.

Wear Early Origins



The surname Wear was first found in Devon where one of the first records was Peter de la Were who was listed in a census in 1242 and John atte Were was listed in a Somerset census in 1332. Traditionally, this family derive from an ancient branch of the Giffards of Devon and Somerset and are not related to the Weir of Vere families. Some say, in early times before the 12th century, the Weare-Giffards of Brightly and Halsworthy took the name Weare and eventually dropped the Giffard portion of the name.

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Wear Spelling Variations


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Wear Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Were, Where, Wear, Wears, Weare and others.

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Wear Early History


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Wear Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wear research. Another 269 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1600, and 1700 are included under the topic Early Wear History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wear Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wear Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Wear In Ireland


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Wear In Ireland



Some of the Wear family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 130 words (9 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


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wear Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Robert Wear settled in New England in 1718

Wear Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Wear, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838
  • John S Wear, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1843
  • Edward Wear, aged 32, landed in New York in 1849
  • J. C. Wear who settled in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • William W. Wear settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1866

Wear Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mary Wear, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Danl Wear, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • George Wear, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760

Wear Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Wear, aged 37, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "William Money"
  • Andrew Wear, aged 25, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hydaspes" in 1851

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wear (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wear (post 1700)



  • Terrance Wear, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 2008
  • Sam M. Wear, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Missouri 6th District, 1942, 1943; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1944
  • Joseph Walker Wear (b. 1876), American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1940
  • John Edmund Wear (1921-2000), American politician, Mayor of Salisbury, North Carolina, 1985-91
  • Jerry Wear, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Farmington, Minnesota, 2012

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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: Fuimus
Motto Translation: God and my country.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    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. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    10. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
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    The Wear Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wear 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.

    This page was last modified on 27 December 2015 at 09:27.

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