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The name lair is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in Leire, in Leciestershire, or in Layer in Essex. They are all derived from an ancient Celtic river name, Leir. The name is no longer in use as a name for a river. Many of the ancient Celtic place-names in the east of England disappeared with the invasions and colonization of the region by the Anglo-Saxons in the second to fourth centuries. They drove out, killed or enslaved all the people living in the area, and renamed the features of the geography to suit themselves. The Celts continued on in the west of England, and in Ireland and in Scotland. However, their presence in the east and southeast of England was over.

lair Early Origins



The surname lair was first found in Lincolnshire, where they held a family seat from early times.

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lair Spelling Variations


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lair Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like lair are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name lair include: Layer, Layar, Layre, Leyr, Leyre and others.

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lair Early History


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lair Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our lair research. Another 229 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1291, 1327, 1429, 1526, 1537, and 1723 are included under the topic Early lair History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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lair Early Notables (pre 1700)


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lair Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early lair Notables 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

lair Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Eliza Lair, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on October 4, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anna Maria voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1851 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anna-maria/1851

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Contemporary Notables of the name lair (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name lair (post 1700)



  • Orla E. Lair, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from California, 1940, 1942
  • Mike Lair, American Republican politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives 7th District; Elected 2012

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lair Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anna Maria voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1851 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anna-maria/1851

Other References

  1. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  3. 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.
  4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  6. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  7. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  8. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  9. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
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The lair Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The lair 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 1 February 2016 at 09:45.

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