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

The ancient name of Myre finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from a name for 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 Myre held the office of Mayor.

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Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Myre family name include 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 Myre research. Another 241 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1453, 1467 and 1550 are included under the topic Early Myre 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 Myre Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Myre 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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For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Myre surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Myre Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Loadwick Myre, aged 25, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Margrat Myre, aged 28, landed in Pennsylvania in 1738

Myre Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Christ Myre, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1849
  • Mrs. E Myre, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

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  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Myre Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Myre 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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