Meyers History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestral home of the Meyers family is in the German state of Bavaria. The name Meyers 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.

Early Origins of the Meyers family

The surname Meyers 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.

Early History of the Meyers family

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Meyers Spelling Variations

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 Meyers include Mayer, Maier, Meyer, Meier, Mayr, Meyr, Myer and many more.

Early Notables of the Meyers family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the name Meyers in this period include Conrad Meyer (1618-1689), a Swiss painter and engraver from Zurich; Johann Friedrich Mayer (1650-1712), a German Lutheran theologian; Rupert Ignaz Mayr (1646-1712), a German violinist, composer and Kapellmeister in Munich; Hans Heinrich Meyer (1760-1832), a Swiss painter and...
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Meyers migration to the United States

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 Meyers surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Meyers Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hans Heinrich Meyers, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738 [1]
  • Napthaly Hart Meyers, who landed in New York, NY in 1764 [1]
  • Daniel Meyers, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765 [1]
  • Elisa Meyers, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1786 [1]
Meyers Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Meta Meyers, who landed in North America in 1832-1849 [1]
  • Charles Meyers, aged 26, who landed in Missouri in 1840 [1]
  • George, James, John, Robert, Peter, George, Frederick, Elias, Francis, and Daniel Meyers all, who settled in Philadelphia between 1765 and 1843
  • Christian Meyers, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848 [1]
  • William Meyers, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Meyers migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Meyers Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. George W. Meyers U.E. who settled in Sidney [Quinte West], Ontario c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. George W. Meyers U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. George Walden Meyers U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. John Adolphus George Meyers U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]
  • Capt. John Walden Meyers U.E. who settled in Midland District [ Lennox & Addington], Ontario c. 1786 he served in the Loyal Rangers [2]
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Meyers migration to Australia

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

Meyers Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Meyers, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1848 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Meyers (post 1700)

  • Louis Meyers (1955-1956), American festival organizer and co-founder of South By Southwest
  • David William "Dave" Meyers (1953-2015), American college basketball forward/center who played for the Milwaukee Bucks from 1975 to 1980
  • Hack Meyers (1973-2015), ring name of Donald Haviland, an American professional wrestler
  • Brigadier-General Harry Frederick Meyers (1897-1989), American Commandant Anti-Aircraft Replacement Training Center Fort Bliss (1945-1946) [4]
  • Major-General Bennett Edward Meyers (1897-1979), American Deputy Director of Air Technical Service Command (1944-1948) [5]
  • Sidney Meyers (1906-1969), American Academy Award nominated film director and editor
  • Seth Adam Meyers (b. 1973), American actor, comedian and comedy writer, current head writer for NBC's Saturday Night Live
  • Josh Meyers (b. 1985), American professional ice hockey player
  • Gerald C. Meyers (1977-1982), American former chairman and CEO of American Motors Corporation
  • John Tortes "Chief" Meyers (1880-1971), American Major League Baseball catcher from 1909-1917
  • ... (Another 67 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Citations

  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. ^ 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
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BOLTON 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Bolton.htm
  4. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2013, May 9) Harry Meyers. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Meyers/Harry_Frederick/USA.html
  5. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2013, May 9) Bennett Meyers. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Meyers/Bennett_Edward/USA.html
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