This interesting surname has a number of possible origins. Firstly, it may have originated as an occupational surname from the old French "mire" meaning a physician, as is shown in the first recording of the surname (see below). It may also be a topographical surname from the old Norse "myrr" meaning marsh; hence "dweller by the marsh", as in Hugo del Mire registered in the Court Rolls of the Manor of Wakefield in Yorkshire (1274). It may also be a possibility that it is an occupational surname, originally for a village headman or similar official, from the Middle High German "meier". A Coat of Arms was granted to the Miere family of Normandy, consisting of two red lions rampant regardant on a silver field, and on a blue chief a golden crescent. On October 15th 1748, Martha, daughter of William and Sarah Miere, was christened in St. George's in the East, Stepney, London. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Herewardus le Mire, Medicus, which was dated 1212, Curia Regis Rolls, Berkshire, during the reign of King John, known as "Lackland", 1199 - 1216. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • miere — MIÉRE s.f. Substanţă semilichidă, gălbuie, dulce şi aromată, foarte bogată în zaharuri, vitamine şi enzime, culeasă şi produsă de albine din nectarul florilor. ♢ Luna de miere = prima lună din viaţa conjugală. ♢ loc. adj. De miere = generos, bun …   Dicționar Român

  • Mière — Le nom est porté en Normandie (50, 76). Variante : Mierre. C est une autre graphie de l ancien français mire (= médecin). Autres formes : Le Mière, Le Mierre …   Noms de famille

  • miere — fer·miere; lu·miere; pre·miere; …   English syllables

  • Miere — Mie|re 〈f. 19; Bot.〉 Angehörige einer artenreichen Gattung der Nelkengewächse: Minuartia * * * Mie|re, die; , n [spätmhd. myer, mniederd. mir]: (zu den Nelkengewächsen gehörende) in vielen Arten vorkommende Pflanze mit weißen, auch roten Blüten… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Miere — Miere1 Sf Ameise per. Wortschatz ndd. (17. Jh.) Stammwort. Aus ndd. mire, mndd. mire, mndl. miere, krimgt. miera, dazu im Ablaut anord. maurr m. Zugrunde liegt offenbar (g.) * meur /maur . Die Bezeichnungen der Ameise in außergermanischen… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • Miere — smiltinukė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Šeima. Gvazdikiniai – Caryophyllaceae Juss. atitikmenys: lot. Minuartia angl. alsine; sandwort vok. Hainkraut; Miere; Sandkraut rus. минуарция; мокричник lenk. mokrzyca …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

  • mière — année lumière avant première chaumière costumière coutumière crémière fermière gentilhommière jaumière lumière légumière première trémière …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • miere — f ( an/ an) mare [mearh] …   Old to modern English dictionary

  • Miere — Mie|re, die; , n (Name einiger Pflanzen) …   Die deutsche Rechtschreibung

  • Miere, die — * Die Miere, plur. die n, der Niederdeutsche Nahme der Ameisen, S. Ameise …   Grammatisch-kritisches Wörterbuch der Hochdeutschen Mundart

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