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This interesting surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a locational name from any of the various places called "Beer", for example in Devonshire, Dorset and Somerset, recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as "Bera", "Bera" and "Bere". These places derive from either the Olde English pre 7th Century "bearu" a grove, wood or "baer", pasture. Locational names were developed when former inhabitants of a place moved to another area, usually to seek work, and were best identified by the name of their birthplace. The surname may also derive from the Olde English pre 7th Century "bera", Middle English "bere", a bear, and would have been used as a nickname for someone bearing a fancied resemblance to a bear...

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