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Origins Available: English, Jewish

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 (1937-2014), African American author of young adult books, winner of the Margaret Edwards Award (1994) and Michael L. Printz Award (2000)
  • 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.


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  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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  4. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  6. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  7. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  8. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  9. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  10. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
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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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