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Gender: Female Meaning of Eyre: "gravel bank river" Origin of Eyre: Literary name and Old Norse

The name Eyre is a girl's name of English, Norse origin meaning "gravel bank river". Eyre and is often added to lists like Middle Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

This lovely name -- Eyre sounds just like air -- is best-known as the surname of eponymous Bronte heroine Jane, and would make an appealing and distinctive middle name for the child of fans of that book. While the surname Eyre is found mainly in England, its origins are Norse and it's thought to derive from Norse settlers. Still, the status of the classic books means Eyre deserves to stand proudly among English baby names.

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Famous People Named Eyre

Eyre Coote (1726-“1783), Irish general and MP
Eyre Coote (1760-1823), Irish general and governor of Jamaica, nephew of the older Eyre Coote
Eyre Alexander Barby Wichart Crow, British diplomat
Eyre Crowe, English painter
Eyre Evans Crowe, English journalist and historian

Pop Culture References for the name Eyre

"Jane Eyre," novel by Charlotte Bronte and its main character
Lake Eyre, largest lake in Australia


kpearl8 Says:


So, it's entire history of use is male but there's not even a boy entry for this name? I agree it would make a lovely girls name, but c'mon.

lesliemarion Says:


Romantic literary name, love it.