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Lanier 1
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Lanier 2
Type Surname (from occupation)
Pronounced Pron. LA-NYEH(French) lə-NEER(English)  [key]
Other Forms FormsLane, Layne, Lenear, Lasnier, Linear, Laner, Lanyer, Layner, Leyner, Laneir, Lantier, Lantiez, Lenier, Lentier, Lenthier, Lennare, Lanyere, Lanther, Lanter, Lainez, Lainiez, Lainier, Laisney, Lain, Laine, Laners, Lawn, Lone, Loan

Meaning & History

Occupational name designating one who worked in the wool trade (see Lane 2), derived from Old French lanier (ultimately from laine) meaning "wool", or for a keeper of donkeys, from Old French asnier literally "donkey keeper, donkey driver". Famous bearers of this name include American soccer player Willie Lanier (1945-) and basketball player Bob Lanier (1948-2022).
Added 9/21/2022 by General9696
Edited 9/21/2022 by General9696