Meaning and Origin of: Lear

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First name origins & meanings:

  • German : Of the meadow

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Last name origin & meaning:

  • English : habitational name from any of various places in northern France named with the Germanic element lār ‘clearing’.
  • 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.