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Where did the Scottish Ayres family come from? What is the Scottish Ayres family crest and coat of arms? 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?

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.

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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.

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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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.

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Another 37 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ayres Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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.

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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

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  • William Orville Ayres (1817-1887), American physician and ichthyologist
  • Romeyn B. Ayres (1825-1888), Union general in the American Civil War
  • Agnes Ayres (1898-1940), American silent film actor
  • Leonard Porter Ayres (1879-1946), American statistician
  • Lewis Frederick "Lew" Ayres III (1908-1996), American actor, best known for starring as Paul in All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Ian Ayres (b. 1959), American professor at Yale Law School and Yale School of Management
  • Robert Underwood Ayres (b. 1932), American-born physicist and economist
  • Robert Ayres (1914-1968), American film, stage and television actor
  • Vernon Ayres (b. 1909), Canadian ice hockey player
  • Pam Ayres MBE (b. 1947), British writer of humorous poetry

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The Ayres Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ayres 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 16 February 2015 at 14:25.

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