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The surname Bayer was first used by the descendants of a Boernician family of ancient Scotland. They lived in or near the place named Byers in Scotland. The place-name, Byers, derives from the Old English word byre, which means cattle shed. Thus, Byers is of two derivations, topographical and habitational. Topographic surnames could be given to a person who lived beside any physical feature, such as a hill, stream, church or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.

Bayer Early Origins



The surname Bayer was first found in East Lothian, where they held a family seat from ancient times. One of the first records of the name related to the place name as in David de Lindsay the younger, also called David Lindsay of the Byres (died 1279), a 13th century Scottish knight and crusader. Today, Byres Road is a famous street located in Hillhead, Glasgow.

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Bayer Spelling Variations


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Bayer Spelling Variations



A lack of rules and the tendency of scribes to spell according to the sound of the word plagued medieval spelling. Not surprisingly, an enormous number of spelling variations appeared. Bayer has been written Byers, Byres, Byer, Buyers, Byris and others.

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Bayer Early History


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Bayer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bayer research. Another 261 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1309, 1392, 1534, 1593, 1653, 1639 and 1694 are included under the topic Early Bayer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bayer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bayer Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Bayer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bayer In Ireland


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Bayer In Ireland



Some of the Bayer family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many Scots crossed the Atlantic for North America hoping to escape poverty, as well as persecution. Much of their heritage was lost along the way and overtime. This century, however, Clan societies and highland games have allowed many ancestral Scots to recover their birthright. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Bayer arrived in North America very early:

Bayer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jacob Bayer, who arrived in New York in 1715
  • Catharina Bayer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1720
  • Christopher Bayer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Anna Bayer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Katharina Bayer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bayer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joh Bayer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1800
  • Louis Bayer, who landed in New York, NY in 1836
  • Kung Bayer, aged 8, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1845
  • Mary Bayer, aged 4, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1845
  • Marg Bayer, aged 11, landed in New Orleans, La in 1845
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bayer Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Emilia Bayer, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1897

Bayer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Bawden Bayer, aged 24, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Sumner"

Bayer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Eva Bayer, aged 19, a servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen Bee" in 1872

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bayer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bayer (post 1700)



  • Herbert Bayer (1900-1985), Austrian-born, American graphic designer, painter, photographer, sculptor and art director
  • Frederick Merkle Bayer (1921-2007), American emeritus curator of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History
  • Bryce E. Bayer (1929-2012), American scientist for Kodak who invented the Bayer filter
  • Samuel David Bayer (b. 1965), American visual artist, cinematographer, commercial, music video and film director
  • Thomas Bayer, American public relations expert
  • Friedrich Bayer (1825-1880), German founder of what would become Bayer, the German chemical and pharmaceutical company in 1863
  • Osvaldo Bayer (b. 1927), Argentine writer and journalist
  • Josef Bayer (1852-1913), Austrian composer and the director of the Austrian Court Ballet from 1883 until his death
  • Carl Josef Bayer (1847-1904), Austrian chemist who invented the Bayer process of extracting alumina from bauxite
  • Oswald Bayer (b. 1939), German ecclesiastic and professor of theology
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Bayer Historic Events


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Bayer Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Miss Dolly Marguerite  Bayer (1898-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

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Bayer Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    2. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
    3. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    4. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    5. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
    6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
    7. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
    8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    9. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    10. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    11. ...

    The Bayer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bayer 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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