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The name Thayer reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Thayer family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Thayer family lived in Essex. Their name, however, is a reference to St. Saire, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Alternatively, the name could have been a trade name for someone who was "an assayer of metals." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
And another variation is that it could have been "an Anglo-Norman personal name, as Saher de Quincy, the famous Earl of Winchester." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
There are at least three other listed origins of the name, but these latter three seem the most probable.

Thayer Early Origins



The surname Thayer was first found in Essex where the family's first listing of the name was found during the reign of Edward II. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Omitting the entries as a personal name, we also found: Stephanus filius Seir (1148-1152) and ? filius Saheri (Saieri) c. 1160 in Lincolnshire. Robertus filius Seer was listed in the 12th century in Nottinghamshire and Richard Sayer was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Devon in 1230. Thomas Sare and John Sayer were listed in the Feet of Fines of Essex in 1292. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

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Thayer Spelling Variations


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Thayer Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Sayer, Sayers, Sayres and others.

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Thayer Early History


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Thayer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Thayer research. Another 231 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1655, 1718, 1695 and 1705 are included under the topic Early Thayer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Thayer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Thayer Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Thayer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Thayer In Ireland


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Thayer In Ireland



Some of the Thayer family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 109 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Thayer name or one of its variants:

Thayer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Thayer, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1640
  • Thomas Thayer, who landed in Braintree, Massachusetts in 1647
  • Nathaniel Thayer, who arrived in New England in 1665

Thayer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Oscar Thayer, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Joseph Thayer, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Charles F Thayer, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Charles Thayer, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1878
  • Leonard Thayer, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1885
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Thayer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Alice R. Thayer, aged 54, who settled in America, in 1903
  • Addison Thayer, aged 45, who emigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • Alec Thayer, aged 40, who emigrated to America, in 1906
  • Augustus Thayer, aged 67, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Albert Thayer, aged 4, who emigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Thayer Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Jonathan Thayer, who landed in Anapolis (Annapolis), Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Moses Thayer, who arrived in Anapolis (Annapolis), Nova Scotia in 1760

Thayer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • T. Thayer arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Caroline" in 1849

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Contemporary Notables of the name Thayer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Thayer (post 1700)



  • William Roscoe Thayer (1859-1923), American author and editor
  • Whitney Eugene Thayer (1838-1889), American organist and composer
  • Brigadier General Sylvanus Thayer (1785-1872), American soldier, known as "the Father of West Point"
  • Lorna Thayer (1919-2005), American actress
  • Joseph Henry Thayer (1828-1901), American biblical scholar
  • James Bradley Thayer (1831-1902), American legal writer and educationist
  • Harry Bates Thayer (1858-1936), American electrical and telephone businessman, chairman of AT&T
  • Ernest Thayer (1863-1940), American poet, author of "Casey at the Bat"
  • Alexander Wheelock Thayer (1817-1897), American librarian and author of The life of Ludwig van Beethoven, a standard biography, and other music biographies
  • Abbott Handerson Thayer (1849-1921), American artist
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Thayer Historic Events


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Thayer Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Mrs. Marian Longsteth Thayer, (née Morris), aged 39, American First Class passenger from Haverford, Pennsylvania who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 4
  • Mr. John Borland "Jack" III Thayer, aged 17, American First Class passenger from Haverford, Pennsylvania who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat B
  • Mr. John Borland II Thayer (d. 1912), aged 49, American First Class passenger from Haverford, Pennsylvania who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Thayer


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Suggested Readings for the name Thayer



  • A History and Genealogy of the Rockwell and Thayer Families by Willard Frederick Rockwell.
  • Ancestors of Adelbert P. Thayer, Florine, Thayer MCCray and Geo. Burton Thayer, Children of John W. Thayer and Adaline Burton by George B. Thayer.
  • Nearly 500 Years of Thayer Ancestry by Hugh A. Johnson.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

Other References

  1. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  2. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  4. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  8. 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).
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  11. ...

The Thayer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Thayer 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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