Type Surname (from nickname)
Pronounced Pron. ER, AY-ər
Other Forms FormsAyer, Heyer
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Contributor Contrib.anonymous on 11/16/2011
Derived from Middle English eyer, eir "heir", originally denoting a man who was designated to inherit or had already inherited the main property in a particular locality. The surname was borne by the heroine of Charlotte Brontë's 'Jane Eyre' (1847).