The ancient name of layter finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from a name for a drover; a driver of a cart or vehicle carrying cargo of one kind or another. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English word lædere,
which meant leader, because of course the driver had to lead the horses pulling the cart. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6) Occupational
names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries. Occupational
names have remained fairly common in the modern period. This is attested to by the continuing appearance of occupational
suffixes at the end of many English surnames. Some of these suffixes include: herd, monger, maker, hewer, smith, and wright.
Similarly, surnames of office, which include military, judicial, papal and other positions of authority, are widespread throughout Europe. Those who were involved in the military, or feudal
armies, were given names such as the English surname Archer,
the French name Chevalier
and the German name Jeger,
which means hunter.
Names that were derived from judicial and papal titles, such as Bailiff, Squire
are still commonly seen with the same surname spelling today.
Early Origins of the layter family
The surname layter was first found in Durham
where one of the first records of the name was Ralph Ledere who was listed in the Assize Rolls of 1243. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Early History of the layter family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our layter research.Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1243, 1553 and 1558 are included under the topic Early layter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
layter Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the layter family name include Leader, Leeder and others.
Early Notables of the layter family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the layter family to Ireland
Some of the layter family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 47 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the layter family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the layter surname or a spelling variation of the name include : Richard Leader, who settled at Lynn Massachusetts in 1630; William Leader settled in Virginia in 1677; Anne Leader settled in Savannah, Georgia in 1825..