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Where did the English Eyre family come from? What is the English Eyre family crest and coat of arms? When did the Eyre family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Eyre family history?The name Eyre is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was a name for someone who was a person who was well-known as the heir to a title, fortune, or estate. The name is thought to be derived from the Old French eir, which is itself derived from the Latin heres, meaning "heir."
Eyre has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Eyre, Eyer, Eyers, Eayres, Eyres, Ayer, Ayers,Heyer, Ayr, Air, Aires, Hyer, Hayer, Hoyer and many more.
First found in Derbyshire, where the ancestral home of the main branch of the Eyre family is thought to be located. Early written records of the name Eyre have been found in many counties, notably Derbyshire, Wiltshire, and Shropshire. In the early legends of the Eyre family, it was recounted that a Knight named Eyre who fought with Richard the Lionheart at the Battle of Ascalon during the Crusades lost a leg while defending his King, which is why the family still bears a booted leg in its crest. Another source, mentions that the traditional origin of the name was in circumstance of a Norman knight having at the Battle of Hastings succoured (helped) duke William of Normandy and given him air when he was in danger of suffocation. 
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eyre research. Another 223 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1216, 1582, 1657, 1635, 1628, 1678, 1659, 1678 and 1729 are included under the topic Early Eyre History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 131 words(9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Eyre Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Eyre family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 215 words(15 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Eyres to arrive on North American shores:
Eyre Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Eyre Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Eyre Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
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: Virtus sola invicta
Motto Translation: Virtue alone is invincible.
The Eyre Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Eyre 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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