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WYER Family HistoryThis interesting name is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and has two possible derivations. The first of these is as a variant form of the name 'Weir', also found as 'Wear', and 'Ware', which can be either a topographical surname, given in the first instance to someone who lived by a dam or weir on a river, or an occupational surname for someone employed as the keeper of a fishing-weir, and thence 'a fisherman'. The derivation of the name from this source is from the Old English pre 7th Century 'waer, wer', weir, fish-trap, dam.
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