The English surname Dyer, also found in Ireland and Scotland, is an occupational name for a dyer of cloth, derived from the Middle English term dyer (from Old English deag meaning “dye”). When found in Ireland and Scotland the name is a short form of MacDyer, an anglicized form of the Gaelic name Mac Duibhir meaning “son of Duibhir,” a short form of a personal name composed of the elements dubh ‘dark, or black’ and odhar ‘sallow, or tawny’. The name is first recorded in the New World in 1630 when Abigail Dyer is recorded in Nantasket, Massachusetts. Today there are approximately 47,000 bearers of the name Dyer living in the United States.
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