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The surname Ayres was first used in the Scottish/English Borderlands by an ancient Scottish people called the Strathclyde- Britons. It was a name for someone who lived in the city of Ayr in South-Western Scotland.

Ayres Early Origins



The surname Ayres was 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.

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Ayres Early History


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Ayres Early History



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

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Ayres Spelling Variations


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Ayres Spelling Variations



The many spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names result from the fact that scribes in that era spelled words according to sound. Translation too, was an undeveloped science, and many names were altered into complete obscurity. Over the years Ayres has been spelled Ayer, Air, Ayre, Ayers and others.

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Ayres Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ayres Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ayres Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ayres In Ireland


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Ayres In Ireland



Some of the Ayres 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 and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ayres Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Robert Ayres, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824
  • John Ayres, aged 20, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Switzerland"

Ayres Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Charles Ayres, aged 21, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874
  • Richard Ayres, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maraval" in 1880
  • Florence B. Ayres, aged 19, a servant, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rangitikei" in 1884

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ayres (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ayres (post 1700)



  • Robert Ayres (1914-1968), American film, stage and television actor
  • Robert Underwood Ayres (b. 1932), American-born physicist and economist
  • Ian Ayres (b. 1959), American professor at Yale Law School and Yale School of Management
  • Lewis Frederick "Lew" Ayres III (1908-1996), American actor, best known for starring as Paul in All Quiet on the Western Front
  • William Orville Ayres (1817-1887), American physician and ichthyologist
  • Leonard Porter Ayres (1879-1946), American statistician
  • Agnes Ayres (1898-1940), American silent film actor
  • Romeyn B. Ayres (1825-1888), Union general in the American Civil War
  • Benjamin Ayres, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Cumberland County, 1850-51 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 18) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Albro Charles Ayres (1907-1981), American Republican politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives, 1951-56 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 18) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • ... (Another 35 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Ayres Historic Events


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Ayres Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Henry D Ayres (b. 1901), English Ordinary Signalman serving for the Royal Navy from West Ham, Essex, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Charles Ayres, British Leading Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html

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