Meaning and Origin of: Lear
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Boy name origins & meanings:
- German : Of the meadow
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Family name origins & meanings:
- 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.