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Origins Available: English, Scottish

Where did the English Ayers family come from? What is the English 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?

The surname Ayers was most likely brought to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name is thought to be derived from the Old French "eir," which is itself derived from the Latin "heres," meaning "heir."


Spelling variations of this family name include: 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 Ayers family is thought to be located. Early written records of the name Ayers 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. [1] "The Eyres appear as witnesses to charters in the Peak of Derbyshire in the remotest period to which private charters ascend. The first of the name known is William le Eyre, of Hope, in the reign of Henry III." [2]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ayers research. Another 223 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1216, 1582, 1657, 1635, 1628, 1678, 1659, 1678, 1635, 1695, 1660, 1661, 1689, 1638, 1698, 1666, 1735, 1665, 1715, 1698, 1701, 1705, 1715, 1670, 1715 and 1729 are included under the topic Early Ayers History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 281 words (20 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 227 words (16 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:

Ayers Settlers in 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 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 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

Ayers Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Roger Ayers who settled in Port de Grave, Newfoundland in 1681

Ayers Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Ayers, who settled in Bonavista, Newfoundland in 1708

Ayers Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Arthur Frank Ayers, aged 57, who emigrated to Stamford, Canada, in 1911

Ayers Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Henry Ayers arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1840
  • Anne Ayers arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1840


  • William Charles "Bill" Ayers (b. 1944), American elementary education theorist
  • Rufus A. Ayers (1849-1926), Virginia lawyer, Attorney General of Virginia
  • Alvino Dorrance "A.D." Ayers (1850-1921), American Major League baseball umpire
  • 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
  • Kevin Ayers (1944-2013), British rock singer, 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
  • Sir Henry Ayers (1821-1897), former Premier of South Australia, eponym of Uluru/Ayers Rock


  • 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.

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.


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  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

Other References

  1. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  5. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  9. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  10. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
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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.

This page was last modified on 6 October 2015 at 14:17.

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