Origin of the Name Weir
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Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Weir
include Wears, Wier, Ware, Wyer, Wear and Weare. Meaning 'a dam' this is a locational name of Norman origin from one or other of the places named 'Vere' in Calvados, Manche, Eure-et-Loire, and Oise. It was introduced to Normandy by the Norsemen. The first recorded of the name in Scotland was Radulphus de Ver, who was taken prisoner at Alnwick along with William the Lion. The Weirs of Blackwood, Lanarkshire, claim their descent from this man and obtained their lands in the year 1400. In Ireland these names are usually derived from the Mac an Mhaoir Sept of County Armagh who first anglicized their name as MacMoyer. This name is taken from the Gaelic word 'maor' meaning 'steward'. The Mac Giolla Uidhir Sept of County Armagh also sometimes anglicized their name as Weir as well as MacClure and MacGillaweer. Weir and its many variants were also introduced into Ulster Province by settlers from England and Scotland, especially during the seventeenth century.
The Weir coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Weir descendants.