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

The distinguished surname Lyon is a proud example of one of the more noteworthy Scottish surnames. In Scotland, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate.The Lyon family originally lived in the Norman settlement of Lyons-la-Foret, before migrating to Scotland.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Lyon, Lions, Lyons and others.

First found in Norfolk, where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lyon research. Another 221 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1105, 1203, 1643, 1695, 1663, 1712, 1696, 1715, 1715, 1715, 1702, 1707 and are included under the topic Early Lyon History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 159 words(11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lyon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Lyon family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 87 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lyon Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • John Lyon, who came to Barbados in 1634
  • William Lyon, who arrived at Boston in 1635
  • Wm Lyon, aged 14, landed in America in 1635
  • Thomas Lyon, who was on record in Connecticut in 1647
  • Henry Lyon, who arrived in Connecticut in 1648

Lyon Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Robt Lyon, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Philip Lyon, who landed in South Carolina in 1716
  • James Lyon, who arrived in North Carolina in 1734
  • John George Lyon, who arrived in Maryland in 1740
  • Jacob Lyon, who arrived in Jamaica in 1740

Lyon Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • J Lyon, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812
  • Thomas Lyon, aged 28, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Isaac Lyon, who landed in Maryland in 1816
  • George Lyon, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1824
  • Carl C Lyon, who arrived in Portsmouth or Norfolk, Va in 1833


  • Edward Eugene Lyon (1871-1931), American Army soldier awarded the Medal of Honor
  • Danny Lyon (b. 1942), American photographer and filmmaker
  • Ben Lyon (1901-1979), American film actor
  • Hylan B. Lyon (1836-1907), Confederate General in the US Civil War
  • Major-General Edwin Bowman Lyon (1892-1971), American Commanding General, Air, Middle Pacific (1945)
  • Brigadier-General Alfred Jefferson Lyon (1892-1942), American Attached to the Office of the Chief of the Air Corps (1939-1942)
  • Major-General Edwin Bowman Lyon (1892-1971), American Chief of the Officers’ Selection Board (1946-1947)
  • Robert Menli Lyon (1789-1863), born Robert Milne, Scottish-born, Western Australian settler who became one of the earliest outspoken advocates for Indigenous Australian rights
  • James Lyon (1702-1735), 7th Earl of Strathmore, a Scottish peer and freemason, Grand Master of the Premier Grand Lodge of England in 1733
  • Thomas Lyon (1704-1753), 8th Earl of Strathmore, Scottish peer



  • The Ancestors and Descendants of Thomas Lyon Mix by Pearl Mix Cox.
  • Who's Who in the Lyon Family by Burley Frank Lamb.
  • Baldwin/Lyon Family by Virginia Baldwin Pomata.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Pro rege et patria
Motto Translation: For King and country.



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The Lyon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lyon 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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