Type Surname (from location)
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Contributor Contrib.babycrookston on 9/26/2013
Means (i) "person from Leire", Leicestershire ("place on the river Leire", a river-name that may also be the ancestor of Leicestershire); or (ii) "person from Lear", any of several variously spelled places in northern France with a name based on Germanic lār "clearing". British artist and poet Edward Lear (1812-1888) was a bearer of this surname.