ⓘ Lyons (surname)
Lyons is a surname with several origins. It is the name of a noble Anglo-Norman family that originated in district of the Forest of Lyons, north of the town of Lyons-la-Forêt in Haute Normandie, where the family seat was the Castle of Lyons. The original surname was "de Lyons": subsequently, the "de" was removed from the name, and some branches removed the "s" from the end of the word, producing "Lyon". The English progenitors of this family were Ingelram de Lyons, Lord of Lyons, who arrived in England with the Norman Conquest, and his relation, Nicholas de Lyons, who emigrated from Normandy to England in 1080 and was granted lands at Warkworth, Northamptonshire by William of Normandy. Descendants of this family emigrated to Scotland, during the 14th-century, to Ireland, during the 15th-century, to Antigua, during the 16th-century, and to New York, during the 17th century.
However, there are other families with the surname, which is not affiliated with, or is a descendant of a noble Anglo-Norman family. was customary among the servants of the gentry and aristocratic families in the Middle ages, some of the servants of the noble family of Lyons took the surname of their masters, to Express their devotion.
There is also a Celtic Irish family, whose name derives from the Celtic word "gray". This surname comes from a noble Irish surname O Laighin and o Liathain. These Irish families have nothing to do with Norman noble family which originated in Normandy. However, unfortunately, there are descendants of the noble family, which took place in County Offaly and County Kildare in Ireland.