Lear Family History
Lear Name Meaning
English: nickname from Middle English ler ‘cheek face countenance complexion’ (Old English hlēor) used adjectivally to mean ‘beautiful of face’. English: variant of Layer . Irish: shortened Anglicized form 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 2nd edition, 2022