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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

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

The name Meyers comes from one of the family having 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 Meyers held the office of Mayor.

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Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Meyers have been found, 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 Meyers research. Another 241 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1453, 1467 and 1550 are included under the topic Early Meyers 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 Meyers Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Meyers 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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Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Meyers, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :

Meyers Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Hans Heinrich Meyers, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Napthaly Hart Meyers, who landed in New York, NY in 1764
  • Daniel Meyers, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765
  • Elisa Meyers, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1786

Meyers Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Meta Meyers, who landed in North America in 1832-1849
  • Charles Meyers, aged 26, landed in Missouri in 1840
  • George, James, John, Robert, Peter, George, Frederick, Elias, Francis, and Daniel Meyers all settled in Philadelphia between 1765 and 1843
  • Christian Meyers, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848
  • William Meyers, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851


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  • Albert I. Meyers (1932-2007), American organic chemist, professor at Colorado State University
  • Ann Meyers (b. 1955), former American basketball player and current sportscaster
  • Ari Meyers (b. 1969), American actress, best known from the television series Kate & Allie (1984)
  • John Tortes "Chief" Meyers (1880-1971), American Major League Baseball catcher from 1909-1917
  • Gerald C. Meyers (1977-1982), American former chairman and CEO of American Motors Corporation
  • Josh Meyers (b. 1985), American professional ice hockey player
  • Seth Adam Meyers (b. 1973), American actor, comedian and comedy writer, current head writer for NBC's Saturday Night Live
  • Sidney Meyers (1906-1969), American Academy Award nominated film director and editor
  • Major-General Bennett Edward Meyers (1897-1979), American Deputy Director of Air Technical Service Command (1944-1948)
  • Brigadier-General Harry Frederick Meyers (1897-1989), American Commandant Anti-Aircraft Replacement Training Center Fort Bliss (1945-1946)

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  • A Tale of Two Families: a Biographical Genealogy of the Meyers and Sparhawk Families by Dorothy Hermanne Braithwait.
  • Genealogy of the Meyers Family by I. Austin Meyers.
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  2. 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.
  3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  5. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
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  7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  9. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  10. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
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The Meyers Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Meyers 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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