Lear Family History
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Lear Name Meaning
English: habitational name from any of various places in northern France named with the Germanic element lar ‘clearing’. English: variant of Layer. English: nickname from Old English hleor ‘cheek’, ‘face’ . Irish: reduced Anglicization of Gaelic Mac Giolla Uidhir ‘son of the swarthy lad’ or ‘son of the servant of Odhar’, a byname from odhar (genitive uidhir) ‘dun-colored’, ‘weatherbeaten’. Compare McAleer.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press