Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
Variants: Steares, Stears, Steeres, Steirs, Stiers
Category: 1 - A study where research using core genealogical datasets and transcriptions is in its early stages.
DNA website: www.familytreedna.com/public/Steers
Contact: Mrs Carole Steers
The journey into the origin of the STEERS surname began in 2012. I'm currently in the process of collecting the basic data, and I will update this page as I go. For on-the-go updates please do visit my blog (the address is below).
Please feel free to get in touch and I will do my best to assist you. I will respond to all enquiries, whether I can currently help or not.
It must be mentioned that in all the dictionaries STEERS is not given its own entry, instead it sits alongside STEER. The only source that mentions STEERS independently is the Surname Database (5), however this links back to STEER. The addition of the S to the end of STEER would suggest that the first STEERS was the son of a STEER but until this is evidenced I won't be presuming! As for the name STEER all agree that it has its origins in the Old English, and comes from the word Steer / a steers / young ox. Reaney (1,2,3) tells us that STEER is also Nickname Surname and would have been given to persons whose characterises resemble that of a steer, as for Robert LE STEER who was mentioned in the Subsidy Rolls of the County of Sussex, in the year 1296. The variations of the name from these sources are given as STEERE, STEERS, STEAR, STEARS.
The Surname Database (5) also mentions the following variations; STEAMAN, STERMAN, STEERSON but it does not provided source citations for these. Until I find more reliable citations for these three names I'll not be following them up.
Initial research suggests that there are three areas of STEERS / STEARS. Generally STEARS appears to be the northern spelling, centring on the Riding's of Yorkshire.
There is also a cluster of STEARS in Lancashire (around Liverpool) and it may be that these are a branch of the Yorkshire STEARS. The other two groupings are in Middlesex, and the Surrey / Kent regions.
The dominant spelling appears to be STEERS, but there is a small cluster of STEARES that are focused on Portsea, Hampshire.
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