Meyer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The many generations and branches of the Meyer family can all place the origins of their surname with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name reveals that an early member 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 Meyer held the office of Mayor. [1]

Early Origins of the Meyer family

The surname Meyer was first found in Cheshire at Mere, a township, in the parish of Rosthern, union of Altrincham, hundred of Bucklow. The place name dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was first listed as Mera. [2] Literally, the place name means "(place at) the pool or lake," from the Old English word "mere." [3] Alternatively, the surname could have originated at Mere in Wiltshire, a market-town and parish, and the head of a union, in the hundred of Mere. This parish was listed in the Domesday Book, but with the current spelling of Mere. [2] In this case, "the name of this place is derived from the Saxon word Mæra, signifying bounds or limits, and indicates its situation on the borders of the counties of Wilts, Somerset, and Dorset. In 1253, permission was given by Henry III. to Richard, Earl of Cornwall, to build and fortify a castle on his manor of Mere, and the manor has ever since been attached to the duchy of Cornwall. " [4]

The family was listed in the Roll of Battle Abbey as companions to William the Conqueror. "The descendants of this Norman knight occupied a prominent position in Staffordshire, in the time of the early Plantagenets. William de Mere occurs as High Sheriff of that county, temp. Edward II., and in the next reign, Peter de la Mere filled the Speaker's chair in the House of Commons. At an early period, the family possessed the manor of Maer, co. Stafford, and are also found resident at Norton, in the Moors. " [5] For centuries the township of Lartington in the North Riding of Yorkshire belonged to the Maire family until the 16th century when it was passed by marriage to the Lawsons, of Brough. [4]

Important Dates for the Meyer family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meyer research. Another 158 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1453, 1477, 1544, 1379, 1467, 1550 and are included under the topic Early Meyer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Meyer Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Meyer were recorded, including Maire, Myer, Myers, Mair, Maires, Mayers, Meyers, Meire, Meir, Mere and many more.

Early Notables of the Meyer family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Meyer family to Ireland

Some of the Meyer family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 85 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Meyer migration to the United States

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Meyer family emigrate to North America:

Meyer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Adolf Meyer, who settled in New York city in 1661
  • Christopher Meyer, who settled in Delaware in 1693
  • Christopher Meyer, who landed in Delaware in 1693 [6]
Meyer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Abel Meyer, who arrived in New Jersey in 1709 [6]
  • Antony Meyer, who arrived in New York in 1709 [6]
  • Arent Meyer, who landed in New York in 1709 [6]
  • Bartel Meyer, who arrived in New York in 1709 [6]
  • Bastiaan Meyer, who landed in New York in 1709 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Meyer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Caspar Meyer, who arrived in North America in 1832-1849 [6]
  • Ann Charlotte Meyer, who landed in New York, NY in 1840 [6]
  • Casper Meyer, aged 36, who arrived in Missouri in 1844 [6]
  • Angelo Meyer, aged 27, who arrived in Missouri in 1845 [6]
  • Auguste Meyer, who arrived in Galveston, Tex in 1846 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Meyer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Dietrich Meyer, who landed in Alabama in 1918 [6]

Meyer migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Meyer Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Barbara Meyer, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Conrad Meyer, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Mr. John Adolphus George Meyer U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [7]

Meyer migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Meyer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Ellis Meyer a teacher, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837 [8]
  • Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer, aged 24, who arrived in South Australia in 1847 aboard the ship "Hermann von Beckerath" [9]
  • Augustus Meyer, aged 24, a clerk, who arrived in South Australia in 1848 aboard the ship "Pauline" [10]
  • R.W. Meyer, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Steinwaerder" [11]
  • Otto Meyer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Malvina Vidal"

Meyer migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Meyer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Charles Meyer, aged 17, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849
  • Herbert Meyer, aged 18, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849
  • Miss Louisa Meyer, (b. 1846), aged 22, British general servant travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 8th January1869 [12]

Contemporary Notables of the name Meyer (post 1700)

  • Ron Meyer (1941-2017), American college and head coach of Southern Methodist University
  • Brigadier-General Vincent Meyer (1889-1974), American Member of Allied Control Council Berlin (1945) [13]
  • Brigadier-General Henry John Dick Meyer (1899-1972), American Commanding Officer Artillery, 2nd Division (1946-1948) [14]
  • Major-General George Ralph Meyer (1886-1961), American Commanding General Anti-Aircraft Command (1945-1946) [15]
  • Cheryl Diaz Meyer, American reporter who co-won (with David Leeson) the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography
  • Bernard Stern Meyer (1916-2005), American lawyer and politician
  • David Meyer (1931-1980), birth name of David Janssen, American film and television actor best known for his role as Dr. Kimble in the series The Fugitive (1963-1967)
  • Adolf Meyer (1866-1950), American psychiatrist
  • Joseph Meyer (1894-1987), American composer
  • John C. Meyer, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 24 aerial victories
  • ... (Another 60 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Meyer family

Air New Zealand Flight 901
  • Mr. Jurg Meyer (d. 1979), Swedish passenger, from Switzerland aboard the Air New Zealand Flight 901 for an Antarctic sightseeing flight when it flew into Mount Erebus; he died in the crash [16]
Bismarck
  • Wilhelm Meyer (1922-1941), German Matrose II who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [17]
  • Willy Meyer (1921-1941), 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 [17]
  • Theodor Meyer (1918-1941), German Maschinengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [17]
  • Richard Meyer (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 [17]
  • Rudolf Meyer (1918-1941), German Maschinenobergefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [17]
  • ... (Another 6 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. August Meyer (d. 1912), aged 31, English Second Class passenger from Harrow, London who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [18]
  • Mrs. Leila Meyer, (née Saks), aged 25, American First Class passenger from New York City, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 6 [18]
  • Mr. Edgar Joseph Meyer (d. 1912), aged 28, American First Class passenger from New York City, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [18]

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Citations

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  5. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837Navarino.htm
  9. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HERMANN VON BECKERATH 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847HermanVonBeckerath.htm
  10. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PAULINE 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Pauline.htm
  11. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) STEINWARDER 1849 aka STEINWAERDER. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Steinwarder.htm
  12. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  13. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2013, May 9) Vincent Meyer. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Meyer/Vincent/USA.html
  14. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2013, May 9) Henry Meyer. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Meyer/Henry_John_Dick/USA.html
  15. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2013, May 9) George Meyer. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Meyer/George_Ralph/USA.html
  16. ^ Mount Erebus, Memorial, Roll of Remembrance (Retrieved 2018, February 21st). Retrieved from http://www.erebus.co.nz/memorialandawards/rollofremembrance.aspx
  17. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details
  18. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
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