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Origins Available: German, Scottish

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

The Moyer surname in Scotland is thought to have been a topographic name for someone who resided near a moor, or heath.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Moir, Moar, Moer, Moyer, Moyr and others.

First found in Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland, where they held a family seat from early times.The family name Moyer first appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Moyer research. Another 257 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 18 J, 1636, 1644, 1st , 1610, 1644, 1st , 1862, 1933, 1894, 1957, 1925, 1998, 1955, 1609, 1683, 1653, 1610, 1644, 1st and 1636 are included under the topic Early Moyer History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 57 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Moyer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Moyer Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Moyer, who landed in New York in 1664
  • Allen Moyer, who arrived in Maryland in 1665

Moyer Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Caspar Moyer, aged 32, landed in Pennsylvania in 1736
  • Caspar Moyer, whose Oath of Allegiance was recorded in Pennsylvania in 1736
  • Daniel Moyer, aged 28, landed in Pennsylvania in 1736
  • Johannis Moyer, aged 48, landed in Pennsylvania in 1736
  • Henrick Moyer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743

Moyer Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Jacob Moyer, who arrived in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1838
  • Conrad Moyer, who arrived in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1841
  • Philip Moyer, who arrived in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • H Moyer, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850
  • Elva Moyer, aged 4, who landed in America, in 1892

Moyer Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Hienrich Moyer, aged 45, who landed in America from Osterbruch, in 1900
  • Charles Moyer, aged 11, who emigrated to the United States from Liverpool, in 1902
  • Charles Howard Moyer, who landed in America, in 1904
  • David Moyer, aged 35, who settled in America from Uszlokna, Germany, in 1908
  • Gertrude Moyer, aged 34, who emigrated to America, in 1910


  • Brett Moyer (b. 1984), American professional lacrosse player
  • Andrew Jackson Moyer (1881-1959), American microbiologist
  • William Moyer (1933-2002), American author, activist, and founding member of the Movement for a New Society
  • Allen Moyer (b. 1958), American set designer particularly known for his work in operas and Broadway musicals
  • John Moyer (b. 1969), American stand-up comedian, screenwriter, actor and film producer
  • Ellen Oosterling Moyer (b. 1936), the first woman Mayor of Annapolis, Maryland
  • John Gould Moyer (1893-1976), United States Navy Rear admiral, and the 31st Governor of American Samoa
  • Kermit Moyer (b. 1943), American author
  • Tawny Moyer (b. 1958), American actress who starred in film and in television
  • Charles Edward Moyer (1885-1962), pitcher in Major League Baseball



  • History of our Moyer,Finn, Sutton, Russell & Related Families by William Finn Moyer.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Mediocriter
Motto Translation: With moderation.


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  6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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  9. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
  10. 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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The Moyer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Moyer 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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