Last name: Ayers

This long-established surname is of early medieval English origin, and has two distinct possible sources, each with its own history and derivation. Firstly, Ayres may be a patronymic form of "Ayre", itself a nickname for a man who was well known to be the heir to a title or fortune, deriving from the Middle English "eir, eyr", heir (Old French "(h)eir", Latin "heres", heir). One Ralph le Eir was noted in the 1208 Feet of Fines for Essex, and a Richard le Heyre appears in the 1273 Hundred Rolls of Gloucestershire. The second possibility is that Ayres is a patronymic form of the Middle English personal name "Aier, Aer", itself coming from the Olde English pre 7th Century "Ealhhere", a compound of the elements "eal(h)", old, and "heri", army. Robertus filius (son of) Aier was noted in the 1166 Red Book of the Exchequer, and a Robert Aier in the 1201 Pipe Rolls of Shropshire. In the modern idiom the surname has several spelling variations ranging from Ayers, Ayres, Ayris, Ayars and Air(e)s, to Eayrs, Eyres and Eyers, the final "s" indicates the patronymic, and is a reduced form of "son of". John Ayres was a noted penman, who between 1680 and 1700 introduced the Italian hand into England; he published many calligraphic works including "A Tutor to Penmanship", 1698. Symon Ayres, "chirurgeon", aged 48 yrs., who embarked from London on the ship "Increase" bound for New England in April 1635 was one of the earliest recorded namebearers to settle in America. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Henry Ayer, which was dated 1273, in the "Hundred Rolls of Lincolnshire", during the reign of King Edward 1, known as "The Hammer of the Scots", 1272 - 1307. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Cynthia Ayers
I really would like to know which Ayers family owned my family. I keep hit a road block because I don't have a lot of information about that side of my family.

Jacob Ayers
Thats pretty neat actually. I knew I had English Ancestors. This is very neat. It is also weird to see all of the other people with the last name Ayers... I know no one outside my family with that last name and thought it was pretty rare.

jacobayers9
Thats so cool! I found some other people with my last name! Pretty neat I got to say. And I knew My ancestors came from England so this is cool. Really cool.

Janice Cobb
Mabey were all connected somewhere/some how??Id like to know if we mite be part Abenaki???

Michele Ayers
Have been looking for my Ayers family, have found that Ayers is one of the most common family names in the U.S. with all different spellings. There is an Ayers genealogy forum at http://genforum.genealogy.com/ My family came from Scotland approx 1750 and lived in Sandy Hook N.J. They moved further into northern N.J. and there are so many Ayers still living there in Suffolk County ?? N.J. The Ayers in Scotland are a sub set of Clan Hay, the Earl of Errol being the title, were originally from Normandy, at different times they owned and occupied 5 different castles and land, in different parts of Scotland, the most famous of which is Slaines Castle, which is now a ruin. The clan house today is still located in the Northeast of Scotland at Delgaty. There is a Clan Hay website on line.John Hay is written about as a guide in Samuel Johnson's book Travels to the Hebrides. Most of the Ayers people seem to located in the South. Good luck finding your family.

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Denise Ayres

Hi to all my Ayres family. I am now trying to find my roots. My father said I have family in Africa back in the slavery days. I know my name is rare. I have some family here. I'm from in the Caribbean islands Trinidad & Tobago.

skyiler morris

Ayres is from Spain. http://www.heraldicapellido.com/a12/Ayres.htm
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