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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.
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.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Were, Where, Wear, Wears, Weare and others.
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.
More information is included under the topic Early Wear Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Wear Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Wear Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Wear Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Wear Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
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 Translation: God and my country.
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.