Shears


Shears
This is a patronymic i.e. "the son of Shear", a complimentary personal nickname deriving from the medieval English "scher" or "schir" itself coming from the Olde English pre 7th Century "scir" meaning "bright" or "fair" and originally given as a nickname to a person of radiant beauty or one with fair shining hair. The surname from this source is first recorded towards the end of the 12th Century (see below). One, Reginald le Scher appears in the 1327 "Subsidy Rolls of Staffordshire". The patronymic forms of the name Shear(e)s, Sheer(e)s and Shires are well recorded in London Church Registers from the mid 16th Century onwards. The final "s" added to the name is a reduced form of "son(of)". On October 2nd 1613, the christening of Rachell, daughter of John Shears is recorded at St. Michael, Bassishaw and on January 1665 a Peheby Shears was christened in St. Dunstan in the East London. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Walter Le Schir. which was dated 1193, The Pipe Rolls of Berkshire. during the reign of King Richard I, Richard the Lionheart 1189 - 1199. 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.

Surnames reference. 2013.

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  • Shears — Shears, n. pl. [Formerly used also in the singular. See {Shear}, n., 1.] 1. A cutting instrument. Specifically: (a) An instrument consisting of two blades, commonly with bevel edges, connected by a pivot, and working on both sides of the material …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shears — [shir′legz΄shirz] pl.n. 1. a pair of scissors, usually large, as used in gardening: also called pair of shears 2. any of several large tools or machines used to cut metal, etc. by the scissors action of two opposed cutting edges 3. a device used… …   Universalium

  • shears — [ʃıəz US ʃırz] n [plural] a heavy tool for cutting, like a big pair of scissors ▪ Sam was trimming the hedge with a pair of garden shears …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • shears — shears; shears·man; …   English syllables

  • shears — (also a pair of shears) ► PLURAL NOUN ▪ a cutting instrument in which two blades move past each other, like very large scissors …   English terms dictionary

  • shears — [shir′legz΄shirz] pl.n. 1. a pair of scissors, usually large, as used in gardening: also called pair of shears 2. any of several large tools or machines used to cut metal, etc. by the scissors action of two opposed cutting edges 3. a device used… …   English World dictionary

  • shears — [ ʃırz ] noun plural a tool like a very large pair of scissors that is used for cutting grass or bushes …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • shears — large scissors, O.E. sceara (pl.), from P.Gmc. *skær ; see SHEAR (Cf. shear). In 17c., also a device for raising the masts of ships (1620s) …   Etymology dictionary

  • shears — noun large scissors with strong blades • Derivationally related forms: ↑shear • Usage Domain: ↑plural, ↑plural form • Hypernyms: ↑scissors, ↑pair of scissors …   Useful english dictionary

  • Shears — Jake Shears im Jahre 2005 Jake Shears (* 3. Oktober 1978 in Arizona als Jason Sellards) ist der Frontsänger der amerikanischen Band Scissor Sisters. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Biografie …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • shears — n. 1) pinking; pruning shears 2) a pair of shears * * * pruning shears a pair of shears pinking …   Combinatory dictionary


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