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The name Eyre is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was a name for someone who was a person who was well-known as the heir to a title, fortune, or estate. The name is thought to be derived from the Old French eir, which is itself derived from the Latin heres, meaning "heir."

Eyre Early Origins



The surname Eyre was first found in Derbyshire, where the ancestral home of the main branch of the Eyre family is thought to be located. Early written records of the name Eyre have been found in many counties, notably Derbyshire, Wiltshire, and Shropshire. In the early legends of the Eyre family, it was recounted that a Knight named Eyre who fought with Richard the Lionheart at the Battle of Ascalon during the Crusades lost a leg while defending his King, which is why the family still bears a booted leg in its crest.

Another source, mentions that the traditional origin of the name was in circumstance of a Norman knight having at the Battle of Hastings succoured (helped) duke William of Normandy and given him air when he was in danger of suffocation. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

"The Eyres appear as witnesses to charters in the Peak of Derbyshire in the remotest period to which private charters ascend. The first of the name known is William le Eyre, of Hope, in the reign of Henry III." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

The chapel in Great Longstone, Derbyshire contains monuments to the "family of Eyre, earls of Newburgh." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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Eyre Spelling Variations


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Eyre Spelling Variations



Eyre has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Eyre, Eyer, Eyers, Eayres, Eyres, Ayer, Ayers,Heyer, Ayr, Air, Aires, Hyer, Hayer, Hoyer and many more.

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Eyre Early History


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Eyre Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eyre research. Another 223 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1216, 1582, 1657, 1635, 1628, 1678, 1659, 1678, 1635, 1695, 1660, 1661, 1689, 1638, 1698, 1666, 1735, 1665, 1715, 1698, 1701, 1705, 1715, 1670, 1715, 1729, 1585, 1661, 1662 and 1768 are included under the topic Early Eyre History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Eyre Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Eyre Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the family at this time include John Ayer (1582-1657), an English settler to Massachusetts sailing aboard the ship James in 1635, settling in Ipswich, Haverhill, and Salisbury, born in Salisbury, Wiltshire; Henry Eyre (1628-1678), an English lawyer and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1659 and...

Another 98 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Eyre Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Eyre In Ireland


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Eyre In Ireland



Some of the Eyre family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 227 words (16 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



In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Eyres to arrive on North American shores:

Eyre Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Eleazer Eyre, who brought his family to New Hampshire in 1620
  • Eleazer Eyre, who landed in New England in 1631
  • Thomas Eyre, who landed in New England in 1631
  • Simon Eyre, who landed in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1637
  • John Eyre, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1654
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Eyre Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Eyre, who immigrated to Virginia in 1738
  • John Martin Eyre, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765
  • Joseph Eyre, who landed in Virginia in 1774

Eyre Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Miles Eyre, aged 42, arrived in Missouri in 1842
  • Charles Edmund Eyre, who was living in New York in 1843
  • Charles Edmund Eyre, who arrived in New York, NY in 1843
  • Mr. Eyre, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • George Eyre, who arrived in Arkansas in 1881

Eyre Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James William Eyre arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Thomas Lowry" in 1848
  • John Edward Eyre arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Midlothian" in 1850

Eyre Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Charles Eyre arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859
  • Anne Eyre arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859
  • Arthur Eyre arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859
  • George Eyre arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859
  • Thomas Eyre arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Eyre (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Eyre (post 1700)



  • Thomas Lawrence Eyre (1862-1926), American Republican politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 19th District, 1917-26
  • Joseph Larkin Eyre (1905-1976), American Republican politician, Mayor of Chester, Pennsylvania, 1956-63
  • J. P. Eyre, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1856
  • Floyd Eyre, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Utah, 1940
  • Dan E. Eyre, American politician, Mayor of Hastings, Minnesota, 1867-69; Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives, 1871-72
  • Scott Alan Eyre (b. 1972), American Major League Baseball player
  • Wilson Eyre Jr. (1858-1944), American architect
  • Edward John Eyre (1815-1901), English explorer of Australia, and Colonial administrator, Lieutenant Governor of New Zealand (1846-53), Governor of St. Vincent (1854-60), Governor of Jamaica (1864)
  • Charles Petre Eyre (1817-1902), English Roman Catholic prelate, Archbishop of Glasgow (1878-1902)
  • Marjorie Eyre (1897-1987), English opera singer
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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Motto



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: Virtus sola invicta
Motto Translation: Virtue alone is invincible.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  3. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  5. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  11. ...

The Eyre Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Eyre 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 7 July 2016 at 14:30.

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