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The ancestors of the bearers of the Leyrer family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found 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.

Leyrer Early Origins



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

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Leyrer Spelling Variations


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Leyrer Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Leyrer include Layer, Layar, Layre, Leyr, Leyre and others.

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Leyrer Early History


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Leyrer Early History



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

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Leyrer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Leyrer Early Notables (pre 1700)



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



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Leyrer or a variant listed above: Adam Layar who arrived in Philadelphia in 1749; John Hend Layer who sailed to Nova Scotia in 1752; and Henry Layer who sailed to Philadelphia in 1765..

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Leyrer Historic Events


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Leyrer Historic Events




Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)

  • William Chase Leyrer (1942-1988), American Businessman from Bay Shore, New York, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    3. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    6. 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).
    7. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    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. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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    The Leyrer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Leyrer 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 13 November 2014 at 16:22.

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