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What's in a name - the origins and meanings of each Spearin variant

There are a lot of sources available on the internet and in published books that claim to know about surname origins, but how accurate these are is open to question. Here's an excerpt from the results for Spering at

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 ... In the modern idiom the patronymic forms of the name appear as: Spiring, Spering, Sperring and Spearing. 

Apart from doing a google search for history of surnames, other possible (more scholarly?) sources include:

A History of Surnames of the British Isles, by C. L. L'Estrange Ewen MacMillan Company, NY 1931.
The Surnames of Scotland: Their Origin, Meaning, and History, by George F. Block, PHD, NY Public Library, NY 1946.
A Dictionary of Surnames, by Hanks and Hodges, 1988.

Maurice Gleeson, April 2011

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