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The ancestral home of the Meyer family is in the German state of Bavaria. The name Meyer is an occupational hereditary surname, a type of surname that was taken from a word describing or common to the profession of the original bearer. It is a name for a mayor, or elected head of the community. The name stems from the German word "meier," meaning mayor.

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The surname Meyer was first found in southern Germany, where the family was anciently seated. The name referred at first to the representative of the lord of a manor, and later to the administrator or tenant of a small court.

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Meyer include Mayer, Maier, Meyer, Meier, Mayr, Meyr, Myer and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meyer research. Another 573 words (41 lines of text) covering the years 1857, 1849, 1653, 1725, 1363, 1400, 1643, 1847, 1786, 1618, 1689, 1650, 1712, 1646, 1712, 1760, 1832, 1763, 1845, 1786, 1870, 1825, 1898, 1653 and 1713 are included under the topic Early Meyer History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 173 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Meyer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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German settlers were among the most common to come to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. Poverty and religious persecution drove many Bavarians to make this long trek. tenant farmers were also enticed by the prospect of owning land. From east to west, these German immigrants populated the United States, settling in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada also provided homes to many. Early settlers bearing the Meyer surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Meyer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Adolf Meyer, who came to New York city in 1661
  • Christopher Meyer came to Delaware in 1693
  • Christopher Meyer, who landed in Delaware in 1693

Meyer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Abel Meyer, who arrived in New Jersey in 1709
  • Antony Meyer, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Arent Meyer, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Bartel Meyer, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Bastiaan Meyer, who landed in New York in 1709


Meyer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Caspar Meyer, who arrived in North America in 1832-1849
  • Ann Charlotte Meyer, who landed in New York, NY in 1840
  • Casper Meyer, aged 36, arrived in Missouri in 1844
  • Angelo Meyer, aged 27, arrived in Missouri in 1845
  • Auguste Meyer, who arrived in Galveston, Tex in 1846


Meyer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Dietrich Meyer, who landed in Alabama in 1918

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

Meyer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Ellis Meyer a teacher, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837
  • Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer, aged 24, arrived in South Australia in 1847 aboard the ship "Hermann von Beckerath"
  • Augustus Meyer, aged 24, a clerk, arrived in South Australia in 1848 aboard the ship "Pauline"
  • R.W. Meyer arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Steinwaerder"
  • Otto Meyer arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Malvina Vidal"

Meyer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Charles Meyer, aged 17, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849
  • Herbert Meyer, aged 18, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849

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  • 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
  • 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
  • Brigadier-General Vincent Meyer (1889-1974), American Member of Allied Control Council Berlin (1945)
  • Brigadier-General Henry John Dick Meyer (1899-1972), American Commanding Officer Artillery, 2nd Division (1946-1948)
  • Major-General George Ralph Meyer (1886-1961), American Commanding General Anti-Aircraft Command (1945-1946)
  • Cheryl Diaz Meyer, American reporter who co-won (with David Leeson) the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography
  • A. Leonard Meyer, American politician, Mayor of Phoenix, Arizona, 1888-89
  • Adolph Meyer (1842-1908), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Louisiana 1st District, 1891-1908
  • Agnes E. Meyer, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1924
  • Alvin P. Meyer, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Iowa 5th District, 1952

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  • Genealogy of the Meyers Family by I. Austin Meyers.
  • The Meyer Family: Master Potters of Texas by Georgeanna H. Greer.
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The Meyer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Meyer 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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