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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


Similar surnames: Sayer, Hayer, Laver, Mayer, Lier, Lauer, Ayer, Lazer, Bayer, Player

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Layer Family Origin

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Layer Family Occupations

What did your Layer ancestors do for a living?

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

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  • Farmer

    20%
  • Butcher

    8%
  • Laborer

    6%
  • Carpenter

    4%

Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Layer ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Layer Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Layer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Layer census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name Layer. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Layer. For the veterans among your Layer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Layer Life Expectancy

What is the average Layer lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, 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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Layer

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Layer ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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