I am just starting out on this journey into the STEERS surname. I'm currently in the process of collating basic data and will update this page as I go. For on-the-go updates please do visit my blog (the address is below).
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Having had a year to get a proper feel for this study I have decided to register the following variants:
The deviants of the name are as follows:
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 (Source 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 Stēor “a steers / young ox”. Reaney (Sources: 1,2,3) tells us that STEER is also Nickname Surname and would have been given to person’s 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
The Surname Database (Source 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.
1. OXFORD DICTIONARY OF SURNAMES 3RD EDITION. REANEY AND WILSON. OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS. 1995. PAGE 426
2. THE ORIGIN OF ENGLISH SURNAMES 5TH EDITION. REANEY. ROUTLEDGE, CHAMPMAN & HALL. 1979. PAGE 263
3. A DICTIONARY OF ENGLISH SURNAMES 2ND EDITION. REANEY AND WILSON. OXFORD UNIVERSITY OF PRESS. 1976. PAGE 332
4. DICTIONARY OF ENGLISH AND WELSH SURNAMES WITH SPECIAL AMERICAN INSTANCES. BARDSLEY. BALTIMORE: GENEALOGICAL PUBLISHING. 1967 (ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED LONDON 1901). PAGE 715
5. HTTP://WWW.SURNAMEDB.COM (ACCESSED 20 MAY 2011)
In order to capture the size of my ONS I have taken the average number of 'hits' from the main genealogy sites (Family Search, FMP and Ancestry). I have not yet checked all the 'hits' for accuracy as this study is in its infancy; however I believe that by doing it this way I will have a relatively accurate overview of my task ahead.
As previously stated, I am going to concentrate my efforts on the STEARES, STEARS, STEERS and STEERS entries or I am likely to become overwhelmed by the data and this will inhibit the moving forward of the study in a meaningful way.
There are 747 occurrences of STEARES, STEARS, STEERES & STEERS in the 1881 England & Wales Census. With this in mind I am classing the STEERS ONS as a 'Medium'.
For further information, contact:
Mrs Carole Steers
364 Davidson Road,
This page last updated 27 October 2012.
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