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The distinguished surname Lyons 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 Lyons family originally lived in the Norman settlement of Lyons-la-Foret, before migrating to England and Scotland.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Lyon, Lions, Lyons and others.
First found in Perthshire where Sir Roger de Lyon settled in Scotland in 1098 and called the lands there Glen Lyon. "According to the family tradition the Lyons came to Scotland from France, by way of England, in the course of the twelfth century."  "John de Lyon obtained from David II a grant of the baronies of Forteviot and Fergundeny in Perthshire and Drumgawan in Aberdeenshire; his son, Sir John Lyon, was Secretary to Robert II, whose youngest daughter, Lady Jane Stewart, he married, and was created Lord Glamis, made Great Chamberlain, and Lord Chancellor of Scotland, and received grants of the Thanedom of Glamis in Forfarshire, and of the Barony of Kinghorn in Fifeshire. "  Another source claims that the family arrived via England later. "The name was not uncommon in England in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, and landowners of the name were in occupation in several of the English shires in the reigns of Edward I and Edward II. The first of the name recorded in Scotland, probably an English soldier, was Thomas Lyon, crossbowman, who formed one of the garrison of Linlithgow peel in the pay of Edward II. "  Mention should now be made of the numerous listings of the family in England at about the same time. Here it is generally thought that the first record of the name was Roger de Leonibus filius Jeffrey de Lions who was listed in the Feet of Fines of Norfolk during the reign of Henry III of England (reign 1216-1272.) The same source lists John de Leonibus in Southamptonshire and Peter de Leonibus in Northamptonshire. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list: Judaeus Leo and Jacob filius Leonis in Lincolnshire; John Leon in Oxfordshire; and Roger de Lyons, Wiltshire. 
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lyons research. Another 183 words (13 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 Lyons History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 159 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lyons Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Lyons 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:
Lyons Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Joanna Lyons, who landed in America in 1620
- Geo Lyons, who arrived in Virginia in 1653
- Cornelius Lyons, who settled in Virginia in 1663
Lyons Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Bartholomew Lyons, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773
- James Lyons, who landed in America in 1793
Lyons Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Coroner Lyons, who arrived in America in 1810
- Cornelius Lyons, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
- Eliza Lyons, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1811
- Joseph Lyons, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1811
- Mary Lyons, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1811
Lyons Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Charles Lyons, who arrived in Mississippi in 1906
Lyons Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. Simons Lyons U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 241 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York, USA
- Mr. Benjamin Lyons U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784
Lyons Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Andrew Lyons, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1829
- Lawrence Lyons, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1833
- Timothy Lyons, aged 24, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "Thomas Hanford" from Cork
- Margaret Lyons, aged 20, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "Thomas Hanford" from Cork
- William Lyons, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Ann & Mary" from Cork
Lyons Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Isaac Lyons, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- James Lyons, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
- William Lyons, a machinist, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
- Pat. Lyons, aged 19, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Lysander"
- Biddy Lyons, aged 21, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Lysander"
Lyons Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- James Lyons arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord Burleigh" in 1856
- Robert Lyons arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord Burleigh" in 1856
- Jacob Lyons arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1863
- Eliza Lyons arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ernestina" in 1865
- George Lyons, aged 40, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Eveline" in 1865
- Richard Lyons (1959-2016), American musician, one of the founding members of the experimental music band Negativland
- James Aloysius "Ace" Lyons Jr., (b. 1927), retired admiral in the United States Navy, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet (1985 to 1987)
- David Chandler Lyons (b. 1943), American gold medalist competitive swimmer at the 1963 Pan American Games
- Brooke Lyons (b. 1980), American actress, best known for her role as Amy in the 2008 film Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins
- Bonnie Lyons (b. 1944), American writer and academic
- Ben Lyons (b. 1981), American film critic and entertainment reporter
- Barry Stephen Lyons (b. 1960), American Major League Baseball right-handed hitting catcher
- Albert Harold "Al" Lyons (1918-1965), American Major League Baseball player
- Annetta Lyons, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1932
- Alonzo Lyons, American politician, Postmaster at Clinton, Indiana, 1849-53
- Baldwin/Lyon Family by Virginia Baldwin Pomata.
- The Ancestry of Nathalie Fontaine Lyons by Jo White Linn.
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 Lyons Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lyons 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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