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Origins Available: German, Scottish

The surname Wier 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.


The surname Wier 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wier 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 Wier History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 101 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wier Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Wier 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:

Wier Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Wier, who landed in Maryland in 1668

Wier Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Archibald Wier, who arrived in New Hampshire in 1721
  • Andreas Wier, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751

Wier Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Archibald Wier, aged 35, landed in New York in 1812
  • Joseph Wier, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812
  • Patrick Wier, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1818
  • William Wier, who arrived in Mississippi in 1831

Wier Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Daniel Wier, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1761


  • Murray Neal Wier (1926-2016), nicknamed "Rampaging Redhead" and "Wizard Wier," an American professional basketball player
  • Robert W. Wier, American founder of the Wier Longleaf Lumber Company, East Texas that ran from 1917 to 1944 and founder of Wiergate, Texas
  • Roy Wier (1888-1963), American politician, U.S. Representative from Minnesota
  • Ester Wier (1910-2000), American writer
  • Dara Wier (b. 1949), American poet
  • Allen Wier (b. 1946), American writer and professor at the University of Tennessee
  • Roy William Wier (1888-1963), American Democrat politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives, 1933-39; U.S. Representative from Minnesota 3rd District, 1949-61; Defeated, 1946, 1960
  • Herbert W. Wier, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Batavia, 1922
  • A. J. Wier, American Democrat politician, Member of Michigan Democratic State Central Committee, 1907
  • Mr. Joseph† Wier (1879-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917



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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The Wier Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wier 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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