When Cora Belle Lanier was born in April 1880, in Illinois, United States, her father, Phillip Lanier, was 35 and her mother, Polly Williams Lanier, was 33. She married Orville Orton Shields on 6 March 1907, in Lee Township, Brown, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. She lived in Brown, Illinois, United States in 1935 and Mount Sterling, Brown, Illinois, United States for about 2 years. She died in 1948, at the age of 68, and was buried in Mount Sterling, Brown, Illinois, United States.
French: occupational name for someone involved in the wool trade, from Old French lanier, deriving from la(i)ne ‘wool’. This surname is also found in England, but is very rare. Compare Lenear .
Altered form of French Lasnier ‘the donkey driver, the donkey keeper’.
History: This surname is listed in the (US) National Huguenot Society's register of qualified Huguenot ancestors and also in the similar register of the Huguenot Society of America.