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The ancestry of the name layer dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes 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.

layer Early Origins



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

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layer Spelling Variations


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layer Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name layer have been found, including Layer, Layar, Layre, Leyr, Leyre and others.

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layer Early History


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layer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our layer 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 layer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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layer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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layer Early Notables (pre 1700)



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



Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name layer, or a variant listed above:

layer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Henry Layer who sailed to Philadelphia in 1765
  • Henry Layer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765

layer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Johannes Layer, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Eva Schalin Layer, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Louisa Layer, aged 20, landed in New York in 1854
  • Friedrich Carl Layer, who was born in Appeweiler and who came to North America in April 1854
  • Adam, David, Johann Gottlieb, Louise and Otto Friedrich Layer, who were all born in Reichenberg and who arrived in North America in 1866

layer Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Hend Layer who sailed to Nova Scotia in 1752

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Contemporary Notables of the name layer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name layer (post 1700)



  • William B. Layer, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Bronx County 1st District, 1929
  • Lewis Layer, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for Arkansas, 1948; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1952
  • Tim Layer, American basketball player
  • Friedemann Layer, German director in Berlin

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    2. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    3. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    4. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    5. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    7. 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).
    8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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    The layer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The layer 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 28 October 2016 at 02:23.

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