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Origin: The English surname Filer is occupational in origin, deriving from the name of the profession of the initial bearer, thus affording him a suitable means of identity in his local community. In this instance we have a derivation of the Old French term 'fileu', denoting a spinner from the term 'file' (thread), or a derivative of the Middle English 'filen' (to file), denoting one who filed, or made smooth, or polished, or perhaps even a maker of files. Among the early written references to the name or a variant form we read of John le Filur in the Subsidy Rolls for Worchestershire in the year 1275, along with that of John le FYLER in the same Rolls for the county of Bedfordshire in 1309.
Surnames: Filer, Filers, Fyler, Fylers
Submitted by: Carolyn Filer

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