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Early Origins of the Gayer family

The surname Gayer was first found in Belgium, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. The name was first recorded in Hainault, a province in Belgium, based on the ancient county of Hainaut. Within this province the notable towns are Mons, the capital city, Charleroi, Tournai, Soignies and Thuin. In their later history the surname became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into a most influential family.

Early History of the Gayer family

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Gayer Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gay, Gaye, Gayant, Gayer, Gayet, Gaykema, Gayl, Gayling, Gaylingen, Gaymand, Gayon, Gaysgöbl, Gaysspitz, Gayzan and many more.

Early Notables of the Gayer family

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United States Gayer migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gayer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Francis Gayer, who settled in Virginia in 1635
Gayer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Sampson Gayer, who arrived in Virginia in 1706 [1]
  • Andrew Gayer, a bonded passenger who arrived in Virginia in 1718
  • George Gayer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1761 [1]
  • Joh Erhardt Gayer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1771 [1]
Gayer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • G Gayer, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • Fredrich Gayer, who landed in Iowa in 1888 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Gayer (post 1700) +

  • Ted Gayer, American economist, associate professor at Georgetown Public Policy Institute
  • Arthur Edward Gayer (1801-1877), English Ecclesiastical Commissioner for Ireland, born on 6 July 1801 near Newcastle-under-Lyne, Staffordshire, the eldest son of Edward Echlin Gayer, major 67th regiment [2]

  1. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020 on Facebook