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Origins Available: English, Scottish
Scottish history reveals Ayers was first used as a surname by the Strathclyde-Briton people. It was a name for someone who lived in the city of Ayr in South-Western Scotland.
It is only in the last few hundred years that rules have developed and the process of spelling according to sound has been abandoned. Scottish names from before that time tend to appear under many different spelling variations. Ayers 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 Ayers research. Another 133 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1522, 1567, 1638 and 1712 are included under the topic Early Ayers History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 37 words (3 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 37 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Unwelcome in their beloved homeland, many Scots sailed for the colonies of North America. There, they found land and freedom, and even the opportunity to make a new nation in the American War of Independence. These Scottish settlers played essential roles in the founding of the United States, and the shaping of contemporary North America. Among them:
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
- James M. Ayers, American politician, U.S. Consul in Pará, 1891-93; Rosario, 1898-1905
- James W. Ayers, American politician, Mayor of Camden, New Jersey, 1877-80
- Jason Ayers, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1912
- Jean E. Ayers, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oregon, 1996
- John Ayers, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1956 (alternate), 1964
- John A. Ayers, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1888
- John Douglas Ayers Jr. (1917-1981), American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Wood County, 1965-66
- 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.
- Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
- Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
- Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
- Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
- Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
- Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
- Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
- Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
- Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
- Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
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.
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