This early English surname comes form the Old English term ‘deagere’ and ‘deag’ which meant to dye to change the color of cloth or something else. Another Old English form was ’dyri’ which meant a form of endearment. It is also consisted an Irish surname. Variations to spelling the surname Dyer include Dier, Dieres, Dire, Dires, Dyers, and Dyar. In England, Dyer families are concentrated in Somerset, Devon, Cornwell, Hampshire, Surrey, Essex, Yorkshire, Lancashire and in the city of London. In Scotland many families with the Dyer surname live in the central region and especially in Lanarkshire. Within the United States the states with many Dyer families include Texas, Washington, California, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Maine, New York, and New Jersey. Famous: John Dyer (poet from Wales), Sarah Dyer (comic book writer and artist), Lloyd R. Dyer (English footballer champion), Herbert Dyer (artist working in copper), Joyce Dyer (writer of nonfiction), Eddie Dyer (professional baseball player), Danny Dyer (English actor), Gwynne Dyer (Canadian journalist) and John R. Dyer (football player and coach in Australia).