lair History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the lair family

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

Early History of the lair family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our lair research. Another 115 words (8 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.

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.

Early Notables of the lair family (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.

Australia lair migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

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]

Contemporary Notables of the name lair (post 1700) +

  • Michael Lair (1946-2017), American politician and former educator, Member of the Missouri House of Representatives (2009-2016)
  • Orla E. Lair, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from California, 1940, 1942 [2]

  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
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 1) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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