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layard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Early Origins of the layard family


The surname layard was first found in the Rhine Valley, where the family has been a prominent family for centuries, and held a family seat with domains, estates and manors. The family were well established in the region of Strasburg north to the coast and several members of the family distinguished themselves through their contributions toward the community and their religious activities. They and were rewarded with lands, titles and letters patent confirming their nobility. The family was originally from Albigensia and their original name was Raymond. They held a family seat near Montpellier. Pierre Raymond de Layard left France for England at the Edict of Nantes. He was appointed a Major in General Verey's Regiment of Foot and joined him at the Battle of the Boyne in Ireland. The family settled at Riverssdale outside Dublin. Some of the family returned to England where they became Member of Parliament or distinguished army officers. Charles Peter Layard was Dean of Bristol.

Early History of the layard family


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layard Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Layard, Laiyard, Layarde, Layerd, De Layard, d'layard and many more.

Early Notables of the layard family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the layard family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

layard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Reville Layard, who settled in New Orleans Year in 1868

layard Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mrs. Layard, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1865

Contemporary Notables of the name layard (post 1700)


  • Daniel Peter Layard (1721-1802), English physician and midwife, founder of the British Lying-in Hospital
  • Nina Frances Layard (1853-1935), English poetess, prehistorian, archaeologist and antiquary, one of the first four women to be admitted as Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London
  • John Willoughby Layard (1891-1974), English anthropologist and psychologist
  • Admiral Sir Michael Henry Gordon Layard KCB, CBE (b. 1936), British Royal Navy officer, Second Sea Lord (1992-1995), Commander-in-Chief Naval Home Command (1993-1995), Gentleman Usher to the Sword of State (1997-2005)
  • Sir Charles Peter Layard (1849-1916), British jurist, 18th Chief Justice of Ceylon (1902-1906), 3rd Attorney General of Ceylon (1892-1902), 2nd Solicitor General of Ceylon (1888-1892)
  • Lord Peter Richard Grenville Layard FBA (b. 1934), Baron Layard, British professor at the London School of Economics (2004)
  • Edgar Leopold Layard (1824-1900), Italian-born, British diplomat, naturalist and ornithologist, brother of Sir Austen Henry Layard
  • The Rt Hon Sir Austen Henry Layard (1817-1894), French-born, English traveller, archaeologist, art historian, collector, author, politician and diplomat, best known for his excavation of Nimrud and of Niniveh, where he uncovered in 1851 the library of Ashurbanipal

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