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Origin, popularity and meaning of the name LAYER

Origin

Layer : 1: English: habitational name from any of the three places in Essex – Layer Breton Layer de la Haye and Layer Marney – all named from a river name Leire the name of a small stream thought to be from a Celtic word meaning ‘mud’.2: English: nickname or status name from Anglo-Norman French le eyr ‘the heir’. Compare Ayer.3: English: occupational name for a stone layer Middle English leyer leghere; the job of the layer was to position the stones worked by the masons.4: German: habitational name for someone from any of various places called Lay.

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Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England
FANBI : The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain, ©2021, University of the West of England

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    Variants of name LAYER

    LAYHERR LAYHER LEYHER LAIHERR LEIHERR LEUIER