- Recorded in the spellings of Fear, Feare, Fears, Feares and Phear, this is an English surname which means the absolute opposite of what it may appears to say. It derives from the Old English pre 7th century word "fere" meaning a comrade or companion, and also the Olde French "fier" translating as fierce or bold. Originally the name was baptismal although in later medieval times it may have been a nickname for somebody with the characteristics of being brave or a good companion, which in the context of the time must have meant much the same thing. "Nicknames" form a large percentage of British and Irish surnames, and those associated with personal bravery and fortitude seem to have survived the centuries to become surnames in their own right, when others which have less favourable backgrounds, disappeared. Halliwell quotes "And of Burgayne, dewke Loyere, he was a bold man and a fere", clarely a reference to being a good comrade. Examples of the surname recordings taken from authentic rolls and charters of Medieval England include Roger le Feer of Essex and William le Fer of Somerset both in the year 1327, whilst Francis Fear, "tooke shippe for Virginea" from the island of Barbados on October 1st 1679. He was one of the first people anywhere to be recorded as a passenger, that is to say somebody who was granted a "tiquett", although he was unlikely to have been a holiday maker! The first recording of this surname anywhere in the world is believed to be that of Walter Fere, a land owner, in the "Hundred Rolls" of the county of Oxford in the year 1279. This was in the reign of King Edward 1st of England, 1272 - 1307.
Surnames reference. 2013.
Look at other dictionaries:
fears — fÉªr /fÉªÉ™ n. fright; horror; concern; terror v. be frightened; be concerned; be afraid of ; have respect for … English contemporary dictionary
fears — 1) fares 2) safer … Anagrams dictionary
FEARS — … Useful english dictionary
Fears in the Water — Studio album by The Vincent Black Shadow Released July 11, 2006 (2006 07 11) Recorded January–June 2006 … Wikipedia
Fears (surname) — Fears is an American surname, and may refer to:* Ivan Fears (born 1954), American football coach * J. Rufus Fears (21st century), American historian, scholar, teacher and author * Peggy Fears (1903 1994), American actress * Shamari Fears (born… … Wikipedia
Fears (album) — Infobox Album | Name = Fears Type = Album Artist = Atrophia Red Sun Released = 1997 Recorded = Genre = Doom metal Length = 40:40 Label = Morbid Noizz Productions Producer = Reviews = Last album = Painfull Love (1995) This album = Fears (1997)… … Wikipedia
Fears, Thomas Jesse — ▪ 2001 “Tom” Mexican American football player (b. Dec. 3, 1922, Guadalajara, Mex. d. Jan. 4, 2000, Palm Desert, Calif.), was considered one of the National Football League s (NFL s) greatest receivers. He played for the Los Angeles Rams… … Universalium
fears that — has a concern or misgiving about, afraid that … English contemporary dictionary
Tom Fears — Infobox NFLretired name= Tom Fears width= caption= position= End number= 55 birthdate= birth date|1923|12|3|mf=y deathdate= January 4, 2000 (age 77) debutyear= 1948 finalyear= 1956 draftyear= 1945 draftround= 11 draftpick= 103 undraftedyear=… … Wikipedia
Tears for Fears — Infobox musical artist Name = Tears for Fears Background = group or band Alias = TFF Origin = Bath, England, United Kingdom Genre = New Wave Pop rock Post punk Years active = 1981 – present Label = New Door, Gut, Phonogram, Mercury, Fontana, XIII … Wikipedia