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Where did the Scottish Wier family come from? What is the Scottish Wier family crest and coat of arms? When did the Wier family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Wier family history?

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.


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 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


  • Allen Wier (b. 1946), American writer and professor at the University of Tennessee
  • Dara Wier (b. 1949), American poet
  • Ester Wier (1910-2000), American writer
  • Roy Wier (1888-1963), American politician, U.S. Representative from Minnesota
  • Robert W. Wier, American founder of the Wier Longleaf Lumber Company, East Texas that ran from 1917 to 1944 and founder of Wiergate, Texas
  • Johann Wier (1516-1588), Belgian physician
  • Benjamin Wier (1805-1868), Canadian businessman and politician from Newport Township, Hants County, Nova Scotia, Senator for Nova Scotia (1867 to 1868)
  • Russell Allen "Rusty" Wier (1944-2009), American singer-songwriter from Texas, best known for his "Don't It Make You Wanna Dance", inductee into the Austin Music Awards Hall of Fame (2002)
  • Mr. William Lewis† Wier (1850-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries
  • 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.

This page was last modified on 13 November 2014 at 16:21.

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