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Origins Available: English, French


The name lanier is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was originally a name for someone who worked as a person who worked as alanelier which was an Old French word denoting a maker of woollen cloth. The original bearers of this surname were those individuals who dressed, wove and sold wool. The lanelier would have had his own business premises so that he could have weavers make the wool into sellable garments.

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The surname lanier was first found in Huntingdonshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like lanier 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. The variations of the name lanier include Laner, Lanyer, Layner, Leyner, Laneir and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our lanier research. Another 203 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1279, 1292, 1567, 1561, 1588, 1666, 1625, 1666, 1569, 1645 and 1611 are included under the topic Early lanier History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 191 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early lanier Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name lanier or a variant listed above:

lanier Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • John Lanier, who arrived in Virginia in 1657
  • John Lanier, who arrived in Virginia in 1676
  • Robtt Lanier, who arrived in Barbados in 1680

lanier Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Marie Lanier, who came to Louisiana in 1732

lanier Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Adam Lanier, who arrived in New Orleans in 1847
  • Charles Lanier, aged 52, who emigrated to the United States from Liverpool, in 1893
  • J.F.D. Lanier, aged 37, who emigrated to the United States from Liverpool, in 1893
  • Chas. Lanier, aged 48, who emigrated to the United States from London, in 1894
  • Elisa Lanier, who emigrated to America, in 1895


lanier Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Chas Day Lanier, who settled in America, in 1903
  • Aleka Lanier, aged 39, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Charles Lanier, aged 46, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Julie Lanier, who emigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • James F. D. Lanier, aged 51, who settled in America, in 1909


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  • Bob Lanier (1925-2014), American businessman and politician, 58th Mayor of the city of Houston, Texas (1992-1998)
  • Willie Edward Lanier (b. 1945), American football player
  • James Lanier, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Tennessee, 1956
  • J. Smith II Lanier, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 1964, 1972; Candidate for Presidential Elector for Alabama, 1968
  • Edwin Sidney Lanier (1901-1983), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 1949-55; Member of North Carolina State Senate 16th District, 1957-59
  • Christian Lanier, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 2008
  • Bill Lanier, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from North Dakota, 1946; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Dakota, 1960
  • Jess Lanier, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Bessemer, Alabama, 1957-60; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1964, 1972
  • Lovin Madison Lanier (1841-1915), American politician, Member of Georgia State House of Representatives, 1902-04
  • M. H. Lanier, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 1956, 1960

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  • The History and Genealogy of the Nances (also Laniers) by D. Nance.
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The lanier Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The lanier 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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