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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish
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.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Weir, Vere, Ver and others.
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.
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.
Another 101 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Weir Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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.
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
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
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 in 1847
- Jane Weir, who settled in St. John, New Brunswick in 1848
- Agnes Weir, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1848
- Mary Weir, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1848
Weir Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- 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
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
- 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
- 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
- Mrs. Margaret Weir (d. 1915), Scottish Stewardess from Glasgow, Scotland, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered
- James "Jim" McIntosh Weir (b. 1969), Scottish professional football player and manager
- Mary "Molly" Weir (1910-2004), Scottish stage actress
- 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.
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.
|Weir Clan Badge|
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... More
Septs of the Distinguished Name Weir
Corra, Ver, Weir, Weirs, Wier, Wire, Wyre and more.
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- Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
The Weir Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Weir 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.
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