layer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the layer family

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

Early History of the layer family

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

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.

Early Notables of the layer family (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.


United States layer migration to the United States +

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 [1]
layer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Johannes Layer, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1806 [1]
  • Eva Schalin Layer, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1806 [1]
  • Louisa Layer, aged 20, who landed in New York in 1854 [1]
  • Friedrich Carl Layer, who was born in Appeweiler and who settled in North America in April 1854
  • Adam, David, Johann Gottlieb, Louise and Otto Friedrich Layer, who were all born in Reichenberg and who, who arrived in North America in 1866

Canada layer migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

layer Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Hend Layer who sailed to Nova Scotia in 1752

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 [2]
  • Lewis Layer, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for Arkansas, 1948; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1952 [2]
  • Tim Layer, American basketball player
  • Friedemann Layer, German director in Berlin


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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