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Where did the Scottish Ayres family come from? When did the Ayres family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ayres family history?It was in the Scottish/English Borderlands that the Strathclyde-Briton people first used the ancient name Ayres. It was a name for someone who lived in the city of Ayr in South-Western Scotland.
Scribes in Medieval Scotland spelled names by sound rather than any set of rules, so an enormous number of spelling variations exist in names of that era. Ayres 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 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.
Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ayres Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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.
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
- John Ayres, aged 20, a miner, 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, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874
- Richard Ayres arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maraval" in 1880
- Florence B. Ayres, aged 19, a servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rangitikei" in 1884
- 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
- Mr. Charles Ayres (d. 1941), British Leading Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
- Rosalind Ayres (b. 1946), English actress from Birmingham, Warwickshire, best known for her role in the 1997 film Titanic
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