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The surname Weir is of Norman origin. It was introduced into Normandy by Norsemen where it was derived from the Old Norse word "ver" which meant a "station" or "fishing station." After the Norman Conquest, the name was later derived from the Old English word "wśr," or "wer," meaning "a weir." In both cases, the name was a topographic name.

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The surname Weir was first found in Roxburghshire, where they were descended from Aubri de Vere, a descendant of the Duchess Judith in 1058. His son, another Aubri, accompanied William the Conqueror to Hastings in 1066, and built a castle at Hedingham in Essex, and held Kensington in Middlesex. He was the ancestor of the Earls of Oxford. Although the de Veres were highly respected members of the aristocracy in England, a branch of the family moved northward in 1069 and settled in the lowlands of Scotland at Sprowestun, in Roxburghshire.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Weir, Vere, Ver and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Weir research. Another 343 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1069, 1174, 1296, 1489, 1670, 1694, 1838, 1876, 1662, 1713 and are included under the topic Early Weir History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notable among the family at this time was Rebecca Weir, grandmother of Ulysses S. Grant, U.S. President; and Captain Thomas Benton Weir (1838-1876), an officer in the 7th Cavalry Regiment...

Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Weir Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Weir family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 217 words (16 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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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Weir Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Weir settled in New England in 1685

Weir Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Robert and Rachel Weir settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1763
  • Andrew Weir, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1763
  • David Weir, who landed in South Carolina in 1772
  • John Weir, who landed in South Carolina in 1772
  • Thomas Weir, who arrived in South Carolina in 1772
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Weir Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Geo Weir, who landed in America in 1805
  • James Weir, who arrived in Virginia in 1810
  • Joseph Weir, aged 26, arrived in Delaware in 1812
  • Arthur Weir, aged 24, landed in Delaware in 1812
  • Eliza Weir, who arrived with two children in New York in 1822
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Weir Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. James Weir U.E. who settled in Didgequash, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he served in the 74th Regiment
  • Mr. Thomas Weir U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784

Weir Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Richard and Thomas Weir settled in St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1814
  • Robert Weir, who was a joiner from Glasgow, Scotland, married in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1847
  • Jane Weir, who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1848
  • Agnes Weir, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1848
  • Mary Weir, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1848
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Weir Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Andrew Weir, a carpenter, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Colin Weir, a blacksmith, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • David Weir arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839
  • Martha Weir arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839
  • Alfred Weir arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839
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Weir Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Weir, aged 44, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • James Weir arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Beauty" in 1863
  • Margaret F. Weir arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Beauty" in 1863
  • Janet Weir arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Beauty" in 1863
  • Thomas Weir, aged 22, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
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  • Samuel Edwin "Ed" Weir (1903-1991), American collegiate and professional football player
  • Stephnie Carmel Weir (b. 1967), American actress, comedienne, and writer
  • Julian Alden Weir (1852-1919), American impressionist painter
  • Amanda Jo Weir (b. 1986), American Olympic silver medalist swimmer
  • Robert Hall "Bob" Weir (b. 1947), American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, founding member of the Grateful Dead
  • Mary Hayward Weir (1915-1968), American steel heiress and socialite
  • James "Jim" McIntosh Weir (b. 1969), Scottish professional football player and manager
  • Mary "Molly" Weir (1910-2004), Scottish stage actress
  • Jock Weir (1923-2003), Scottish professional association football player
  • Steven Weir (b. 1988), Scottish football striker
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Weir Historic Events



Empress of Ireland

  • Miss Violet Maud Weir (1891-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. C† Weir (1896-1917), Canadian Signalman aboard the HMCS Niobe from who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

RMS Lusitania

  • Mrs. Margaret Weir, Scottish Stewardess from Glasgow, Scotland, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered
  • Mr. Cecil Hamilton Weir, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Colonel John Weir (d. 1912), aged 59, American First Class passenger from New York City, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
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  • The Normans, 1720-1976, and Information on the Walker, Clayton and Weir Families Of Mississippi by Maggie Laurie Carson.
  • Tims-Weir: The Ancestry of William Robert Tims of Augusta Texas by Janet Weir Scott.
  • Weir/Wear Families: From Here & There to the White House by Olga Jones Edwards.
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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: Vero nihil verius
Motto Translation: Nothing truer than truth.

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Weir Clan Badge
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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name Weir
Corra, Ver, Weir, Weirs, Wier, Wire, Wyre and more.

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
    2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    6. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    8. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
    9. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
    10. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
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