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Where did the English Meyer family come from? What is the English 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 many generations and branches of the Meyer family can all place the origins of their surname with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name reveals that an early member worked as a person who held the office of mayor. The surname was originally derived from the Old English word maire, which referred to the officer who was in charge of executing summonses and other legal matters. Therefore, the original bearer of the surname Meyer held the office of Mayor.

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Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Meyer were recorded, including Maire, Myer, Myers, Mair, Maires, Mayers, Meyers, Meire, Meir, Mere and many more.

First found in Cheshire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meyer research. Another 241 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1453, 1467 and 1550 are included under the topic Early Meyer History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 37 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Meyer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Meyer family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 159 words(11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Meyer family emigrate to North America:

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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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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