Phayre History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Phayre family

The surname Phayre was first found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France where the family has been a prominent family for centuries, and held a family seat with lands and manor. The family were well established in the region of Dijonnais and several members of the family distinguished themselves through their contributions toward the community in which they lived and were rewarded with lands, titles and letters patent confirming their nobility.

Early History of the Phayre family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Phayre research. Another 71 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 170 and 1702 are included under the topic Early Phayre History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Phayre Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Veirs, Vers, Veires, Fers, Fehrs, Feirs, Vehrs, Viers, Veirz, Feirz, Verz, Vair, Vairs, Veurs, Vayers, Vayres, Feuers, Veirz, Veurz and many more.

Early Notables of the Phayre family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Phayre Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Phayre migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Phayre Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Phayre, aged 38, who arrived in Harford County, Maryland in 1838 [1]

New Zealand Phayre migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Phayre Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Francis Phayre, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Oriental" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 25th February 1856 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Phayre (post 1700) +

  • Brigadier Robert Arthur Phayre DSO (1901-1993), British soldier and cricketer
  • Sir Robert Phayre (1820-1897), British Army officer, he and his brother Sir Arthur Phayre were direct descendant of the Regicide Colonel Robert Phaire
  • Lieutenant General Sir Arthur Purves Phayre GCMG KCSI CB (b. 1812), British Indian Army officer and diplomat, the first Commissioner of British Burma(1862–1867) and later Governor of Mauritius (1874–1878)


  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. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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