Layer Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of three places in Essex – Layer Breton, Layer de la Haye, and Layer Marney – all named from a river name, Leire, or from Leire in Leicestershire, also named from an identical river name. The river name is of Celtic origin and is probably the base of the tribal name Ligore, found in the place name Leicester. English: nickname or status name from Anglo-Norman French le eyr ‘the heir’. Compare Ayer. English: occupational name for a stone layer, Middle English leyer; the job of the layer was to position the stones worked by the masons. German: habitational name for someone from any of the various placed named Lay, in the Rhineland and Bavaria.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Layer Family Origin

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Layer Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    20%
  • Butcher

    8%
  • Laborer

    6%
  • Carpenter

    4%

In 1880, Farmer, Butcher and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Layer. The most common Layer occupation in the USA was Farmer. 20% of Layer's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Layer family was Carpenter.

Source: Census data for Layer | Data not to scale

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Layer Life Expectancy

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United States

Between 1955 and 2004, Layer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Layer in 1955 was 54, and 69 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Layer

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