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Where did the Jewish Myers family come from? What is the Jewish Myers family crest and coat of arms? When did the Myers family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Myers family history?The name Myers is a proud symbol of ancient Jewish culture. Before the late Middle Ages, people were known only by a single name. However, as the population increased and travelers set out on their journeys, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves.Two of the most common types of Jewish family names are patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. The name Myers is a Jewish Ashkenazic name that was originally derived from the Yiddish male given name Meyer. This personal name was in turn derived from the Hebrew name Meir, which means enlightener.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Myers Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
- John Myers, who landed in Maryland in 1740
- Manuel Myers, who settled in New York in 1741
- Manuel Myers, who landed in New York in 1759
- Hyam Myers, who arrived in New York in 1759
Myers Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
- Johan Myers, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1813
- Michael Myers, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1815
- Exsavery Myers, who arrived in Maryland in 1825
- George Myers, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1836
- Godfrey Myers, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1837
- Garry Cleveland Myers (1884-1971), American psychologist
- Jerome Myers (1867-1940), American painter
- Whitney Myers (b. 1984), American two-time gold medalist swimmer
- Phillip Leon "Chip" Myers (1945-1999), American NFL and AFL wide receiver
- Sumner Byron Myers (1910-1955), American mathematician specialized in topology
- Christopher Patrick "Chris" Myers (b. 1959), American sportscaster
- Walter Dean Myers (b. 1937), African American author of young adult books
- John J. Myers (b. 1941), American Archbishop of Newark
- Carmel Myers (1899-1980), American silent film actress
- Frank Joseph Myers, American country music singer, songwriter and record producer
- A Tale of Two Families: a Biographical Genealogy of the Meyers and Sparhawk Families by Dorothy Hermanne Brathwaite.
- Sam Myers, 1805-1883 and Lydia Horner, 1833-1907: their Ancestors and Descendants by Forrest D. Myers.
- Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
- Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
- Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
- Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
- Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
- Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
- Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
- Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
- Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
The Myers Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Myers 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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