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Type Surname (from occupation & from nickname)
Other Forms FormsSpear, Spears (English)

Meaning & History

from Middle High German Middle Dutch sper "spear" hence a nickname for a tall thin person or else for a skilled user of the hunting spear. In part it may also have been a metonymic occupational name for a maker of spears. German and Dutch cognate and English variant of Spear.
Added 7/6/2023 by Paradiso36
Edited 1/8/2024 by Paradiso36