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Where did the German Meyer family come from? What is the German Meyer family crest and coat of arms? When did the Meyer family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Meyer family history?

The ancestral home of the Meyer family is in the German state of Bavaria. The name Meyer is an occupational hereditary surname, a type of surname that was taken from a word describing or common to the profession of the original bearer. It is a name for a mayor, or elected head of the community. The name stems from the German word "meier," meaning mayor.

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One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Meyer include Mayer, Maier, Meyer, Meier, Mayr, Meyr, Myer and many more.

First found in southern Germany, where the family was anciently seated. The name referred at first to the representative of the lord of a manor, and later to the administrator or tenant of a small court.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meyer research. Another 573 words(41 lines of text) covering the years 1857, 1849, 1653, 1725, 1363, 1400, 1643, 1847, 1786, 1618, 1689, 1650, 1712, 1646, 1712, 1760, 1832, 1763, 1845, 1786, 1870, 1825, 1898, 1653 and 1713 are included under the topic Early Meyer History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 173 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Meyer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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German settlers were among the most common to come to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. Poverty and religious persecution drove many Bavarians to make this long trek. tenant farmers were also enticed by the prospect of owning land. From east to west, these German immigrants populated the United States, settling in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada also provided homes to many. Early settlers bearing the Meyer surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Meyer Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Adolf Meyer, who came to New York city in 1661
  • Christopher Meyer came to Delaware in 1693
  • Christopher Meyer, who landed in Delaware in 1693

Meyer Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Abel Meyer, who arrived in New Jersey in 1709
  • Antony Meyer, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Arent Meyer, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Bartel Meyer, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Bastiaan Meyer, who landed in New York in 1709


Meyer Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Caspar Meyer, who arrived in North America in 1832-1849
  • Ann Charlotte Meyer, who landed in New York, NY in 1840
  • Casper Meyer, aged 36, arrived in Missouri in 1844
  • Angelo Meyer, aged 27, arrived in Missouri in 1845
  • Auguste Meyer, who arrived in Galveston, Tex in 1846


Meyer Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Dietrich Meyer, who landed in Alabama in 1918

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  • Bernard Stern Meyer (1916-2005), American lawyer and politician
  • Joseph Meyer (1894-1987), American composer
  • David Meyer (1931-1980), original name of David Janssen, American film and television actor best known for his role as Dr. Kimble in the series The Fugitive (1963-1967)
  • Adolf Meyer (1866-1950), American psychiatrist
  • Cheryl Diaz Meyer, American reporter who co-won (with David Leeson) the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography
  • Major-General George Ralph Meyer (1886-1961), American Commanding General Anti-Aircraft Command (1945-1946)
  • Brigadier-General Henry John Dick Meyer (1899-1972), American Commanding Officer Artillery, 2nd Division (1946-1948)
  • Brigadier-General Vincent Meyer (1889-1974), American Member of Allied Control Council Berlin (1945)
  • Mr. Edgar Joseph Meyer (d. 1912), aged 28, American First Class passenger from New York City, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mrs. Leila Meyer, (née Saks), aged 25, American First Class passenger from New York City, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 6

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  • Genealogy of the Meyers Family by I. Austin Meyers.
  • The Meyer Family: Master Potters of Texas by Georgeanna H. Greer.
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  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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  6. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
  7. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  9. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
  10. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
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The Meyer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Meyer Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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