Last name: Lyons

Recorded as Leo, Leon, Lion, Lyon and Lyons, this is usually an English, but Scottish or Irish surname, although in most cases is ultimately of early French origins. Introduced into the British Isles after the Norman Conquest of 1066, it has a number of possible sources. Firstly, it may be a locational name from either the town of Lyons, in central France, recorded in the 1st century b.c. as "Lugdunum", and thought to be from Gaullic elements meaning "raven hill, or more likely from the smaller place called Lyons-la-Foret in the province of Eure in Normandy. Secondly, it may be a nickname for a fierce or brave warrior, (or perhaps the reverse) from the Old French word "lion" itself from the Roman "leo", meaning a lion. The surname may also derive from the given name "Leo", again from the Latin, and borne by numerous early martyrs and thirteen popes. On the Continent the given name was always relatively popular because the lion was the symbol of the evangelist St. Mark. In some instances the surname may be of Irish origin, and a form of the Gaelic O'Laighin, translating as the male descendant of Laighin, a byname meaning spear or javelin. The surname has no less than ten coats of arms granted to it, and six major entries in the British "Dictionary of National Biography". The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Azor de Lions. This was dated 1159, in the Pipe Rolls of the county of Norfolk, during the reign of King Henry 11nd of England, 1154 - 1189. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Hannah lyons
I love all of this informaiton. Very interesting. .. Florida<3

darrell lyons
this is nice my last name history

Jonathan Lyons
Lyons from Scotland. Just outside Glasgow. French / Irish connection seems likely. Though its a common assumption of French connection due to Lyon in France.

Nicole Lyons
My last name is lyons and I come from German, Native American, Russian,Czech? Weird that my last name come from French, English, Scottish, and Irish decent.

Wark William
William Wark died in the late 1800 in Owen Sound, Ontario And his wife Margaret Parson William was born 1821 in Donagal, Ireland Margaret Parson according to my records Abt 1821 in Leitrim, Co. Ireland They were .Methodists. Have you any dates of there death

Megan Lyons
Hi there. I'm tryin to find out more bout my relations, its pretty hard. I'm living in summerhill county Meath Ireland. My grandads from mayo, Patrick Lyons and I just wanna no as much as I can any help?,??

Ross Jackson
I was born a lyons,but was adopted out,my great granfather was Robert Lyons,who would have come to Auckland New Zealand in the early 1900's? and married into the connors,both family's were from south Ireland,on the connor side my great great grandfather was John Connor,am very intrested in looking for links to George,Mary,Mary Ann,George lyons who came to new zealand in 1865,Mary ann was 13 at the time,who ran away and ended up on great barrier island,and lived with the local chieftainess(Maori Dame) and got her moko(tattoo on her chin)anyone knowing anything about this i would love to hear about it.

Tracie Lyons

My grandfather is Billy Martin Lyons Sr. All I know is his grandfather ran away from home and took his mothers maiden name. Lyons. He never talked about his past and everyone is now deceased. But nice to know where one half of my family may be from.

Skye Lyons

I also have Jewish Lyons ancestors from Whitechapel. Jacob Lyons, clothier, born 1806. His grandson is described as "dark skin, black hair and dark eyes" in his military docs. I don't know when my branch of the Lyons family came to London.

Corey Lyons

I'm am a Australia and my great great grandfather was 10th prime minister of Australia sir John Lyons served in the first labor party then made his own befor being elected as prime minister called the UAP united Australia party. Good to no that I have family no matter where I travel also we have Knights in our family and painters and many heros.

Jordan Lyons

Wow, never knew this. Always learn something new about your heritage. At some point along the line, I have found that Knights shared the same surname as me. This kind of stuff really fascinates me.

Yvonne Lyons
Recently was given information saying we go back to the Vikings bloodline of Rollo. Very interesting.

Debra G. Lyons OConnor
My Grandfather born & raised in Ms. His name Sanford George Lyons. My fathers name Buddy George Lyons his brother Gene Lyons. I was named after my uncle. Debra Gene Lyons, thank goodness at least not George. If anyone has more information on my grandfather or his family I would love to know please email me at yes I married into the OConnor family. My mistake. Thank you for any information.

Jeanie (Broderick) Dineen
My mother was Inez Lyons, born to Katherine ( Markey) who married Edward Lyons in early 20 th century in Milwaukee at Gesu Church..believe Edward was born in Ireland...Anyone?

Steven tony nolan lyons
Im the son of Peter John Lyons of Glasgow (brother of keith,danny,phillip,saydie & a couple others) the children of rose and john lyons during the scotland ww2 bombing.peter was born in RSA & never met any relatives.

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