Beyer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Beyer family

The surname Beyer was first found in Gloucestershire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Beyer family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beyer research. Another 53 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1273 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Beyer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Beyer Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Beyer include Beyer, Bayer, Beyere, Beier and others.

Early Notables of the Beyer family (pre 1700)

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United States Beyer migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Beyer or a variant listed above:

Beyer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Anna Appollonia Beyer, who landed in America in 1681 [1]
  • Eva va Elisabetha Beyer, who landed in America in 1681 [1]
  • Joh Phillipp Beyer, who landed in America in 1681 [1]
  • Johann Andreas Beyer, who landed in America in 1681 [1]
  • Johann Martin Beyer, who landed in America in 1681 [1]
Beyer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Tomas Beyer, who landed in New York in 1709 [1]
  • Sagond Beyer, who arrived in New York in 1709 [1]
  • Mike Beyer, who landed in New York in 1709 [1]
  • Hans Peter Beyer, who landed in New York in 1709 [1]
  • Henrig Beyer, who landed in New York in 1709 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Beyer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joh Nicolaus Beyer, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804 [1]
  • Gottliep Frangott Beyer, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1817 [1]
  • Godhelp L Beyer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1820 [1]
  • George H Beyer, who arrived in New York, NY in 1846 [1]
  • F Beyer, aged 35, who landed in New York, NY in 1847 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Beyer migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Beyer Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Charles Beyer was living in Lambton County, Ontario in 1877
  • Mathew Beyer was recorded in the Muskoka District of Ontario in 1879

Contemporary Notables of the name Beyer (post 1700) +

  • Richard John "Dick" Beyer (1930-2019), American professional wrestler who is best known by his ring names, The Destroyer or Doctor X, American Hall of Fame professional wrestler
  • Emil Beyer (1875-1934), American Olympic sliver medalist for gymnastics at the 1904 Summer Games
  • Donald S. "Don" Beyer (b. 1950), former Lieutenant Governor of Virginia (1990-1998)
  • Henry Otley Beyer (1883-1966), American anthropologist
  • Johanna Magdelena Beyer (1888-1944), American (Leipzig born) Chamber music composer
  • Sergeant Arthur O Beyer (1909-1965), United States Army soldier awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945
  • Markus Beyer (1971-2018), German professional boxer, winner of the WBC super middleweight title
  • Kathleen Beyer Blackburn (1892-1968), British botanist, best known for the 1926 discovery that plant cells have sex chromosomes
  • Georgina Beyer (b. 1957), New Zealand politician and former Labour Party Member of Parliament (2005-2007)
  • Colin Andrew Nielsen Beyer (1938-2015), New Zealand lawyer and securities commissioner on the Securities Commission of New Zealand (2001-2010), stepfather of Georgina Beyer
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bismarck
  • Artur Beyer (1920-1941), German Matrosengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [2]
  • Berthold Beyer (1920-1941), German Matrosengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [2]


The Beyer Motto +

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: Stet Fortuna Domus
Motto Translation: May the fortune of our house endure.


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details


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