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Where did the Scottish Ayers family come from? What is the Scottish Ayers family crest and coat of arms? When did the Ayers family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ayers family history?

Scottish history reveals Ayers was first used as a surname by the Strathclyde-Briton people. It was a name for someone who lived in the city of Ayr in South-Western Scotland.


It is only in the last few hundred years that rules have developed and the process of spelling according to sound has been abandoned. Scottish names from before that time tend to appear under many different spelling variations. Ayers has been spelled Ayer, Air, Ayre, Ayers and others.

First found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where the family has held a family seat from ancient times. One of the first on record was Reginald Ayr, who was Clerk of Ayr in 1287 and Albinus Ayr had a charter of lands from King Robert the Bruce in 1315.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ayers research. Another 133 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1522, 1567, 1638 and 1712 are included under the topic Early Ayers History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 37 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ayers Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Ayers family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 37 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Unwelcome in their beloved homeland, many Scots sailed for the colonies of North America. There, they found land and freedom, and even the opportunity to make a new nation in the American War of Independence. These Scottish settlers played essential roles in the founding of the United States, and the shaping of contemporary North America. Among them:

Ayers Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Ayers and Mary Ayers, age 15, who arrived in Boston in 1635
  • Robert Ayers, who arrived in Rhode Island in 1664

Ayers Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Ayers, aged 53, who emigrated to the United States, in 1893
  • Clinton P. Ayers, aged 31, who settled in America, in 1893

Ayers Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Clinton P. Ayers, aged 45, who landed in America from Belfast, in 1903
  • Carrie Ayers, aged 35, who landed in America from London, in 1903
  • Amy Ayers, aged 5, who settled in America from Cornwall, in 1903
  • Beatrice Ayers, aged 25, who landed in America from Cornwall, in 1903
  • Clara Ayers, aged 22, who landed in America from Glasgow, in 1904


  • John G. K. Ayers (1837-1913), American Union Army soldier, who received a Medal of Honor on August 31 1895 for Gallantry in the charge of the "volunteer storming party"
  • Edward L. Ayers (b. 1953), American historian
  • Roy Ayers (b. 1940), American funk, soul and jazz vibraphone player
  • Alvino Dorrance "A.D." Ayers (1850-1921), American Major League baseball umpire
  • Rufus A. Ayers (1849-1926), Virginia lawyer, Attorney General of Virginia
  • William Charles "Bill" Ayers (b. 1944), American elementary education theorist
  • Sir Henry Ayers (1821-1897), former Premier of South Australia, eponym of Uluru/Ayers Rock
  • Kevin Ayers (1944-2013), British rock singe, founding member of the psychedelic band Soft Machine
  • Michael Richard Ayers FBA (b. 1935), British philosopher, professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of Oxford


  • Ancestors of Silas Ayers and Mary Bryam Ayers by Charles H. Ayers.
  • The Ayers Family: Descendants of William Eayers of Londonderry, New Hampshire by Azuba Ruth Ward.
  • The Story of the Ayers Family: Pioneers in the Middle West by Allan Joy Searle.

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The Ayers Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ayers Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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