Ayris History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In ancient Scotland, Ayris was a Strathclyde-Briton name for someone who lived in the city of Ayr in South-Western Scotland.

Early Origins of the Ayris family

The surname Ayris 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.

Early History of the Ayris family

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Ayris Spelling Variations

Prior to the first dictionaries, scribes spelled words according to sound. This, and the fact that Scottish names were repeatedly translated from Gaelic to English and back, contributed to the enormous number of spelling variations in Scottish names. Ayris has been spelled Ayer, Air, Ayre, Ayers and others.

Early Notables of the Ayris family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Ayris family to Ireland

Some of the Ayris family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ayris migration to the United States

In such difficult times, the difficulties of raising the money to cross the Atlantic to North America did not seem so large compared to the problems of keeping a family together in Scotland. It was a journey well worth the cost, since it was rewarded with land and freedom the Scots could not find at home. The American War of Independence solidified that freedom, and many of those settlers went on to play important parts in the forging of a great nation. Among them:

Ayris Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Thomas Ayris, aged 34, who arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Olympic" from Southampton, England [1]

Ayris migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Ayris Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Ayris, aged 36, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"

Citations

  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6G1-X3Y : 6 December 2014), Thomas Ayris, 13 Apr 1921; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Olympic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
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