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

The name Meier 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 Meier 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.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Meier Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Paul Meier, who came with his wife and five children to America in 1709
  • Johannes Meier, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Koenraet Meier, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Paulus Meier, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Catharina Meier, who landed in Carolina in 1734


Meier Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • F Meier, who landed in North America in 1832-1849
  • Franz Meier, who landed in North America in 1832-1849
  • Caspar Meier, who arrived in North America in 1832-1849
  • Adolphus Meier, who arrived in North America in 1832-1849
  • Henriette Meier, who arrived in North America in 1832-1849


Meier Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Jacob Meier, who landed in Arkansas in 1906
  • Adolph Wilhelm Meier, who landed in Wisconsin in 1910

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  • Richard Meier (b. 1934), American architect
  • Julius L Meier (1874-1937), American businessman and politician, Governor of Oregon
  • Randy Meier, American television news anchor
  • Sid Meier, American programmer and designer of very successful computer games
  • Rob Meier (b. 1977), American professional NFL football player
  • John Paul Meier, prominent Biblical scholar and Catholic priest


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  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
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The Meier Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Meier 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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