Last name: Dyer

This interesting surname is of early medieval English origin, and is an occupational name for a dyer of cloth. The derivation of the name is from the Middle English "dyer" (Olde English pre 7th Century "deagere", from "deag", dye), dyer. A dyer was one who changed the colour of something, for example cloth, hair or skin, by application of a dye, which is a staining or colouring substance, such as a natural or synthetic pigment. Job-descriptive surnames originally denoted the actual occupation of the namebearer, and later became hereditary. Robert le Deyare is registered in the 1275 Subsidy Rolls of Worcestershire; Alexander Dyghere is listed in the 1296 Subsidy Rolls of Sussex; and Henry le Dyer is noted in the 1327 Subsidy Rolls of Derbyshire. Bryan Dyer and Wenefrid Ketton were married on June 3rd 1583, at Enfield, London, and the marriage of Thomas Dyer and Margaret Gibson took place at St. Mary at Hill, London, on August 27th 1593. In March 1634, John Dyer, aged 28 yrs., departed from the Port of London, aboard the "Christian" bound for New England. He was one of the earliest of the namebearers in the New World. A Coat of Arms granted to the family is a gold shield with a red chief indented, the Crest being out of a gold ducal coronet a silver goat's head armed gold. The Motto, "Terrere nolo timere nescio", translates as, "I wish not to intimidate, and know not how to fear". The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Henry le Deghar, Somerset, which was dated 1260, in the "Middle English Surnames of Occupation", during the reign of King Henry 111, known as "The Frenchman", 1216 - 1272. 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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Noel Dyer

I am from manchester england, but my father was from mayo, in ireland. The dyers from mayo spread the wings to all parts of the world in the 1950s.

Anne Dyer Walker

My grandfather, Jerome Michael Dyer, was born in either Brooklyn or the Bronx in the late 19th - early 20th century. He married Margaret Fitzmarten, with whom he lived in Baltimore. My father, also Jerome, grew up in Baltimore. A lot of the Dyer men are named Alex Aloysius. No one on any of these sites seems connected with this line. Any ideas?

Mary Elizabeth Dyer

Maiden name Dyer and I am curious as to where name originated. I was born Northern Ireland and my father was James Dyer born Belfast 1919.

Well its different to what I thought lol

Jamie Dyer

My grandparents moved over to Australia in the late 60's. Wilson and Norma Dyer. I've got two little boys called Ben and Will Dyer.

Richie Dyer, Pants on Fire

From Cambridge UK, Now married to Tina Dyer, who is probably the worlds first German Dyer....very proud to carry the Name.

cristina dyer

I am trying to find relatives of James Dyer born in 1891 Islington, he was a postman, he married Dorothy Gorman, he had two sons Peter born 1929 and Derek born 1933, after the divorce he lived in Dulwich and had other sons....

Alison Louise Dyer

Well, I am trying to find the ancestry of my paternal Grandmother. She appears to have no birth certificate. I can remember her well though. She had white hair and a sallow Complexion. I am trying to find out where the colouring comes from. My father was also coloured, as am I and Some of my children. It has been a family secret and our ancestry has been kept hidden for far too long! My father took the secret to his grave. I would love To find out which country my grandmother came From, as she entered Britain without a birth certicate, This is almost impossible to trace! Can anyone help?

Eddy Dyer

I'm from crowthorne in England, don't know any other Dyers apart from me and my dad. Anyone have any ancestors called Henry Dyer? For a few hundred years henry was the name of the first born son in my family, me my dad and my granddad (who was the second son in his family) are the only ones to not be called henry for a few hundred years, let me know if you have a long line of ancestors called henry, cos we could be related! interested to know if i'm related to any of the dyers about today

Danyelle Dyer

I'm proud to be a Dyer too. im from Oklahoma

Alison Louise Dyer

Hi, I was Christened Alison Louise Dyer. My Fathers was William John Charles Dyer. His father was William Dyer. He was an engine driver on the Great Western Railway from Bristol. He had a sister named Ruby who married a man withs Mears as his surname. His Christian name was Derek. They had one child, her name is Rosemary. I also want to trace my an entry.

erin ezernack
Im originally a Dyer. I was known as "one of them dyer girls" from where I'm from in Arkansas. Proud to be a Dyer!!

mary ann dyer mcallen

Im a dyer girl from arkansas too

Amanda Dyer

Haha how familiar, My dad came from a family of 5 Dyer boys and they were all referred to as "one of them dyer boys". Most commonly from my grandmother when one was in trouble. My dad then had us 4 daughters. And yes we are also called "them dyer girls". I wonder if the "Dyer" has a stereo type. I'm from little New Zealand

a dyer

im also a dyer from Arkansas

James Dyer
Proud to learn we have such a cool motto.

debbie dyer
Hi all, I'm a Dyer by marriage and I live in Gloucester, England.

Getting a tattoo tomorrow that says * Terrere Nolo Timere Nescio* Its the Dyer Motto meaning *I wish not to intimidate and know not how to fear*

Brittany Dyer
Greetings from Arizona.

my niece's name is Brittany, her mother was a Dyer.

Evan Dyer
Greetings from Australia. My great aunty has researched the Dyer family and believes our familys ansector arrived here as a convict from england for stealing a bee hive.

Kwesi Dyer
I'm from Trinidad, nice to meet you all.

Travis dyer
Hey everyone I was researching my surname and it goes back to the medieval times. Wow, now I need to research on my father side to see all of family with the last name of dyer goes back on his side.

Megan dyer
I'm jamacain and my family is very pale and has very red hair Like I mean really red we don't even look jamacain some people even get us mixed up with another race and it frustrates me I just wanted to look up my last name (dyer) and they said it origins from Ireland so that keeps me not guessing so much :)

megan dyer
we are the same

Hello my name is joshua dyer and im very posh and i live in scotland by hadrians wall my house number is 29 and it is huge bye dyers thank u all

thomas dyer
i am from ma where my family have lived sence we came from england my grand pa always said we come from the brewsters. Never new what he ment but he had a old brewster family crest thing. I do know that cptn bradford married into the dyers.

mary Lou
this interpertaton is only for the anglicised version. it is much older than that. it is actually Irish and comes from Duibhir which meant dark shirt. the name started out as a very powerful clan which held land in the tipperary area and fought the english as hard as they could. it needs to be remembered in its fullest history even as it adapted .

Jackie McCarthy
my grandmother was a Dyer and always said it is an Irish name so I was pleased to see your comment

Phyllis Dyer Leggate
My maiden name is Dyer and was born in Scotland. I would love to know of when it came to Scotland and we have the Dyer tartan,although a relatively new tartan but still does anyone know of it's Scottish origins.

Brian Dyer
I am Irish, and I thought that 'Dyer" was an anglicized version of the Irish 'Dwyer'. I like your explanation better, though.

sydney dyer
I am told that our family is from England, and we now live in Canada with many other dyers.. it is suspected there is even a "dyer castle" somewhere in England

One branch of Irish Dyers came from Inistioge, Kilkenny. There are Dyers in the Book of Kilkenny going back to the 14th century. They are still there today. They emigrated to Logy Bay, Newfoundland where there are many Dyers.

Cody dyer
My name is Cody Dyer family was the ones from Maine in Oklahoma now i look up the history from My lineage

how can all dyers be related when we come from different countries were is the link that connects us

James Dyer

derrick dyer