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Meaning and Origin of: Lear boy

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First name origin & meaning:

German: Of the meadow

First name variations: Leare, Leere

Last name origins & meanings:

  1. English: habitational name from any of various places in northern France named with the Germanic element lār ‘clearing’.
  2. English: variant of Layer.
  3. English: nickname from Old English hlēor ‘cheek’, ‘face’
  4. 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.
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