Last name: Spearing

This unusual surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a patronymic form of the surname Spear, which derives from the Olde English pre 7th Century personal byname "Spere", originally denoting either a tall, thin person, or one skilled in the use of the hunting spear. In part it may also have been a metonymic occupational name for a maker of spears. Early recordings of the surname from this source include: Walter Speare (Somerset, 1185), and Henry Spere (Lancashire, 1246). Nicknames were given in the first instance with reference to a variety of personal characteristics, such as physical attributes or peculiarities, and also to habits of dress and occupation. The Olde English suffix "ing", when attached to a personal name, means "sons, descendants" or "dependent men of". In the modern idiom the patronymic forms of the name appear as: Spiring, Spering, Sperring and Spearing. On December 18th 1552, Richard Spering, an infant, was christened in Whittington, Gloucestershire, and on September 8th 1677, Mary, daughter of Thomas Spearing, was christened in Evenlode, Gloucestershire. A Coat of Arms granted to the Spearing family is a silver shield with three pellets in fess between two red bars dancettee, the Crest being a ship under sail proper on a globe. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Agnes Spiryng or Spiring, which was dated October 31st 1539, marriage to Nicholas Bowerman, at Trull, Somerset, during the reign of King Henry V111, known as "Bluff King Hal", 1509 - 1547. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Lisa
My Great grandmother was born Mary Doyle from Co. Carlow in Ireland. In the 1901 Irish Census she was 24 (born 1877 approx) and listed as Mary Spearing but no trace of her since then (no record of the first name of her husband either). I wonder if she emigrated to Philadelphia?? I found a record of a Mary Spearing with two sons Leonard and Joseph in Philadelphia in the 1930's but nothing else. It's a lond shot...anyone??!!

Kieron
Hello all I am Kieron William Spearing my mother is Belinda Spearing and my granparents are John Spearing and Joan Rose Spearing I am trying to trace back my family origins please could one of you help me out my email address is kieronspearing@gmail.com I wish to find out as much as possible to trace my origins back and find how it originated.

Kieron
p.s I live in South Africa at the moment but my mother and my grandparents came from England

James Spearing
Hi all,

I am James Spearing, born on 19th September 1983. My parents are John and Lois Spearing. I live in Essex, born in Kent. Ties to Ireland and South Africa.

andrea spearing
my father was david darknell spearing was a welsh coalminer who moved to newbury in berkshire england. he came from a small village in the rhonda valley.