The ancient name of Leyner finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from a name for a person who worked as alanelier
which was an Old French word denoting a maker of woollen cloth.
The original bearers of this surname were those individuals who dressed, wove and sold wool. The lanelier
would have had his own business premises so that he could have weavers make the wool into sellable garments.
Early Origins of the Leyner family
The surname Leyner was first found in Huntingdonshire, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Leyner family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leyner research.Another 203 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1279, 1292, 1567, 1561, 1588, 1666, 1625, 1666, 1569, 1645 and 1611 are included under the topic Early Leyner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Leyner 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 Leyner family name include Laner, Lanyer, Layner, Leyner, Laneir and others.
Early Notables of the Leyner family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Hugo le Layner, a prominent 13th century landholder in Yorkshire; Nicholas Lanier the Elder, a French musician who arrived in England
in 1561 and settled in London; he played the flute and the cornett; and his son, Jerome Lanier, an English musician, sackbut player; and... Another 51 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Leyner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Leyner 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 Leyner surname or a spelling variation of the name include : Temperance Laner, who sailed to Virginia in 1652; and H. Laner, who journeyed to Colorado in 1885.