James Weir

1643–
Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Life Summary of James

When James Weir was born in 1643, in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, his father, Sir John Robert Weir III, was 53 and his mother, Lady Evelyn Young, was 50. He married Janet Clerk in 1662, in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 1 son.

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James Weir
1643–
Janet Clerk
1647–
Marriage: 1662
James Weir
1663–

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    1662Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
  • Children

    (1)

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings

    (4)

    Name Meaning

    Scottish and English: topographic name for someone who lived by a dam or weir on a river, from Middle English, Older Scots wer(e) ‘weir; fish-trap’. Compare Ware and Wear . In northern England and lowland Scotland there has been much confusion with the Irish and Scottish Gaelic names in 2, 4 and 5 below.Scottish: in Scotland, this surname was sometimes used for Gaelic Mac an Mhaoir ‘son of the steward’, more often Anglicized as McNair .Scottish (of Norman origin): surname of a family of Blackwood (Lanarkshire), which is said to be descended from Ralph de Ver, a Norman baron associated with William the Lion between 1174 and 1184. The change in pronunciation from Vere to Were would be unusual in Anglo-Norman French, and the true source of the surname may lie elsewhere. One possibility is Wierre in Pas-de-Calais. Another possibility is that the surname may represent versions of the Norman surname de la Were ‘of the war’, a nickname for a warrior; see Warr .

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

    Possible Related Names

    Ware
    McNair

    Sources (2)

    • James Weir in entry for Jean Weir, "Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"

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