Family name origins & meanings
- English : variant of Ayer 1.
- German : occupational name for a grower or reaper of grass for hay, from Middle High German höu ‘grass’, ‘hay’ + the agent suffix -er.
- German : variant spelling of Heier 1.
- Dutch : from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements hagi ‘enclosure’, ‘fenced area’ + hari, heri ‘army’.
- Dutch : nickname from Middle Dutch (h)eiger, heeger, heger ‘heron’. Compare Heron 1.