First name origin & meaning:
German: Of the meadow
First name variations: Leare, Leere
Last name origins & meanings:
- English: habitational name from any of various places in
northern France named with the Germanic element lār
- English: variant of Layer.
- English: nickname from Old English hlēor ‘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.
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