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The surname layne was first found in County Roscommon (Irish: Ros Comáin) located in central Ireland in the province of Connacht, in the mid 17th century. Most likely from the Gaelic name Ó Dubhshláine, comprised of "dubh" and "slán," meaning black and challenge.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Lane, Laney and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our layne research. Another 23 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1668, 1620, 1683, 1664, 1650 and 1724 are included under the topic Early layne History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early layne Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

layne Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Layne, who landed in Virginia in 1619
  • Robert Layne, who landed in Virginia in 1643
  • Robert Layne, who arrived in Virginia in 1648

layne Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Edward Layne, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
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  • Cynthia Layne (1963-2015), American contemporary jazz vocalist
  • Ivoria Hillis "Tony" Layne (1918-2010), American Major League Baseball third baseman who played from 1941 to 1945
  • Jerry Blake Layne (b. 1958), American Major League Baseball umpire in the National League between 1989 and 1999
  • Thomas Kevin Layne (b. 1984), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Robert Lawrence "Bobby" Layne (1926-1986), American NFL football quarterback, inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1968
  • Harvey Layne Jr., American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Fayette County, 1960, 1962, 1964, 1966, 1972
  • Harry O. Layne, American Democrat politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Mason County, 1942, 1948; Member of West Virginia Democratic State Executive Committee, 1961
  • Grover C. Layne, American Democrat politician, Chair of Ralls County Democratic Party, 1939-43
  • Geraldine Dyer Layne, American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia Democratic State Executive Committee, 1945-49
  • Carney Milton Layne Jr. (1921-1977), American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Cabell County, 1951-52
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Citations



    Other References

    1. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    5. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    6. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    8. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
    9. 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).
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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    The layne Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The layne 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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