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Fun Facts about the name Spear

  • When was the first name Spear first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Spear is Tuesday, January 20th, 1885.
  • How unique is the name Spear? From 1880 to 2015 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Spear. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Spear: Your name in reverse order is Raeps. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rapes. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Spear? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 13,284 people with the last name Spear.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Spear? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 5 of them will have Spear as their last name.
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Popularity of Spear as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Spear U.S.
  White 86.89% 64.26%
  African American 7.40% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.49% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.78% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.94% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.50% 16.26%

Of Last Name Spear

People with the last name Spear are most frequently White

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Spear" mean? The list below shows the origins of Spear as well as things modernly associated with the name Spear such as celebrities named Spear.


Origin and Meaning of Spear

The name "Spear" is of English origin, and it means "Spear". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Spear
  1. A long, pointed weapon, used in war and hunting, by thrusting or throwing; a weapon with a long shaft and a sharp head or blade; a lance."A sharp ground spear." [Chaucer.]"They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks." [Micah iv. 3.]
  2. Fig.: A spearman.
  3. A sharp-pointed instrument with barbs, used for stabbing fish and other animals.
  4. A shoot, as of grass; a spire.
  5. The feather of a horse. See Feather (n.), 4.
  6. The rod to which the bucket, or plunger, of a pump is attached; a pump rod.

Note: See Illust. of Spearhead

Etymology: OE. spere, AS. spere; akin to D. & G. speer, OS. & OHS. sper, Icel. spjör, pl., Dan. spær, L. sparus

verb Spear
To pierce with a spear; to kill with a spear; as, to spear a fish.
verb Spear
To shoot into a long stem, as some plants. See Spire.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A long pointed rod used as a tool or weapon
  2. An implement with a shaft and barbed point used for catching fish
  3. Pierce with a spear ("spear fish")
  4. Thrust up like a spear ("The branch speared up into the air")

From Middle English spear, spere, from Old English spere, from Proto-Germanic *speru (compare West Frisian spear, Dutch speer, German Speer, Old Norse spjǫr), related to *sparrô (compare Middle Dutch sparre (“rafter”), Old Norse sparri (“spar, rafter”), sperra (“rafter, beam”)), from Proto-Indo-European *sperH- (compare Latin sparus (“short spear”), Albanian ferrë (“thorn, thornbush”)). See park.

  1. A long stick with a sharp tip used as a weapon for throwing or thrusting, or anything used to make a thrusting motion.
  2. (now chiefly historical) A soldier armed with such a weapon; a spearman.
  3. A sharp tool used by fishermen to retrieve fish.
  4. (ice hockey) an illegal maneuver using the end of a hockey stick to strike into another hockey player.
  5. (wrestling) a running tackle on an opponent performed in professional wrestling.
  6. A shoot, as of grass; a spire.
  7. The feather of a horse.
  8. The rod to which the bucket, or plunger, of a pump is attached; a pump rod.
  9. A long, thin strip from a vegetable.
    asparagus and broccoli

spear was also found in the following language(s): West Frisian

What does the name Spear mean?

Sis for secret, that you can certainly keep.

Pis for pioneer, your adventuresome spirit.

Eis for enthusiasm, in even the most dire circumstances

Ais for affectionate, to those that matter most to you

Ris for relish, you seek a challenge.

Past life for Spear born Jul 12, 1984

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I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Ontario approximately on 1550. Your profession was chemist, alchemist, and poison manufacturer.

You always liked to travel, to investigate, could have been detective or spy. You should develop self-love and ability to implant hope into hearts of people. Ambition - is not everything. True wealth is buried in your soul.

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