The Dutch surname De Beer is a nickname for someone thought to resemble a bear, from the Dutch term beer meaning “ bear.” The name would indicate somebody that was as strong as a bear. The name is first recorded in the 16th Century in Utrecht, The Netherlands. The name was brought to South Africa by Dutch settlers in the 17th Century. A notable bearer of the name was Rachel de Beer (1831–1843) the daughter of George Stephanus de Beer (b. 1794) who gave her life in order to save that of her brother during a trek from the Orange Free State to the south-eastern Transvaal.
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