After the forces of Strongbow
they discovered that the Irish had their own system of hereditary surnames
. Although the two naming systems had many similarities, occupational
surnames, such as Mayler were much more common to the Anglo-Norman culture of the Strongbownians. Occupational
surnames were derived from a word describing the actual job done by the initial name bearer. The prefix le, meaning the, in French was often used by the early Strongbownians to link a person's first and name and surname. Eventually these prefixes were dropped or became fused onto the beginning of the surname. The surname came from a common occupational name for an enameler. The surname Mayler is derived from the Old French word esmaileur, which has this meaning. The name Mayler is also occasionally derived from the Welsh personal name
Meilyr, which was Maglorix in Old Welsh
. The Gaelic forms of the surname Mayler are Maoilir and Mac Maoilir.
Early Origins of the Mayler family
The surname Mayler was first found in Wales
. One of the first recorded ancestors bearing this name was Nicholas Meyler, Canon of St.David's in South Wales
in 1202. We know that at least one branch of the family accompanied Strongbow
, Earl of Pembroke on his invasion of Ireland
in 1172. There, settling in Wexford
, some of the family adopted the Gaelic of Maoilir, and some even became MacMeyler and McMeyler. George Meyler and Walter Meyler where notables of this branch at Tincurry, Wexford
. Meanwhile, a branch of the family settled in Shropshire
, where Henry and Walter Meyler were registered in 1273.
Early History of the Mayler family
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Mayler Spelling Variations
Church officials and medieval scribes often spelled early surnames as they sounded. This practice often resulted in many spelling variations
of even a single name. Early versions of the name Mayler included: Meyler, Mailer, Mailler, Mayler, Meiler, Meiller, Maylor, MacMeyler, McMeyler, McMailor, McMeiler, Meilir and many more.
Early Notables of the Mayler family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Mayler family to the New World and Oceana
The Irish emigration during the late 18th and 19th century contributed to the melting pot of nationalities in North America, and the building of a whole new era of industry and commerce in what was seen as a rich, new land. Ireland's Great Potato Famine
resulted in the worst economic and social conditions in the island's history. And in response to the hunger, disease, and poverty, during this decade the total number of emigrants to leave for North America rivaled all the previous years combined. Those from this decade that arrived on North American shores were not warmly welcomed by the established population, but they were vital to the rapid development of the industry, agriculture, and infrastructure of the infant nations of the United States and what would become Canada. Research into early immigration and passenger lists has shown many people bearing the name Mayler:
Mayler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- J Mayler, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
The Mayler 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: Amor patriae vincit
Motto Translation: Patriotism conquers.
Mayler Family Crest Products
- ^ 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)