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Recorded as Wer, Werre, Wear and Weare, this is a surname of early Celtic or pre 8th century Anglo-Saxon origins. It has several possible sources, all in a sense residential. Firstly it may describe someone who lived by the northern English river called the "Wear". This is first recorded as the "Vedra" in Ptolemy's "Geographia", of the year 150 a.d., and derives from a Celtic word meaning simply "water". The second possible source is topographical and describes a person who lived by a dam or weir, or possibly as another option, worked there.

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