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The name Eyres comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It was a name for 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."

Eyres Early Origins



The surname Eyres was first found in Derbyshire, where the ancestral home of the main branch of the Eyres family is thought to be located. Early written records of the name Eyres 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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Eyres Spelling Variations


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Eyres Spelling Variations



Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Eyres has undergone many spelling variations, including Eyre, Eyer, Eyers, Eayres, Eyres, Ayer, Ayers,Heyer, Ayr, Air, Aires, Hyer, Hayer, Hoyer and many more.

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Eyres Early History


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Eyres Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eyres 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 Eyres History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Eyres Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Eyres 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 Eyres Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Eyres In Ireland


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Eyres In Ireland



Some of the Eyres 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



To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Eyres were among those contributors:

Eyres Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Nicholas Eyres, who arrived in Virginia in 1622
  • Jon Eyres, who arrived in Virginia in 1642
  • Robert Eyres, who arrived in Virginia in 1642
  • William Eyres, who landed in Virginia in 1649
  • Marth Eyres, who landed in Virginia in 1663

Eyres Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Zachariah Eyres, who arrived in North Dakota in 1884
  • Thomas Eyres, who landed in Iowa in 1885
  • William Eyres, who arrived in Iowa in 1885
  • Richard S Eyres, who landed in Iowa in 1885

Eyres Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Ephraim Eyres U.E., "Ephrium" (b. 1733) born in Massachusetts, USA from Skenesborough, New York, USA who settled in Elizabeth Town [Elizabethtown], Leeds County, Ontario c. 1782 he served in Jessup's Rangers he died in 1802 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Eyres Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Martha Eyres, aged 15, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Lord Raglan"
  • Ruth Eyres, aged 19, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Lord Raglan"
  • Isaac Eyres, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Lord Raglan"
  • Harry Isaac Eyres, aged 32, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Lord Raglan"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Eyres (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Eyres (post 1700)



  • Harry Eyres (b. 1958), English journalist, writer and poet
  • Richard "Richie" Eyres (b. 1966), English professional rugby league and rugby union footballer, active in the 1980s and 1990s
  • John "Jack" Eyres (1899-1975), English footballer
  • David Eyres (b. 1964), English former professional footballer
  • Sir Harry Charles Augustus Eyres (1856-1944), British diplomat, Envoy to Albania (1922 to 1926)
  • Leslie Harvey Eyres (1892-1983), Canadian tire merchant and politician who represented Chilliwack in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia from 1937 to 1952

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Eyres Historic Events


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Eyres Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Thomas W W Eyres (b. 1902), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Southampton, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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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.
  4. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  2. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  3. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  4. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  6. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  8. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Eyres Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Eyres 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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