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The name Myers is a proud symbol of ancient Jewish culture. Before the late Middle Ages, people were known only by a single name. However, as the population increased and travelers set out on their journeys, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves.Two of the most common types of Jewish family names are patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. The name Myers is a Jewish Ashkenazic name that was originally derived from the Yiddish male given name Meyer. This personal name was in turn derived from the Hebrew name Meir, which means enlightener.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Myers Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Myers, who landed in Maryland in 1740
  • Manuel Myers, who settled in New York in 1741
  • Manuel Myers, who landed in New York in 1759
  • Hyam Myers, who arrived in New York in 1759

Myers Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Johan Myers, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1813
  • Michael Myers, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1815
  • Exsavery Myers, who arrived in Maryland in 1825
  • George Myers, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1836
  • Godfrey Myers, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1837
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Myers Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Andrew Myers U.E. who settled in Ontario c. 1784
  • Mr. Jacob Myers U.E. who settled in Parr Town, Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784
  • Mr. Michael Myers U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784
  • Mr. Reuben Myers U.E. who settled in Carleton, [Saint John West] New Brunswick c. 1784
  • Mr. Samuel Myers U.E. who settled in Parr Town, Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784
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Myers Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Andrew Myers, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1835
  • David Myers, who arrived in Canada in 1841

Myers Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • David Myers, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Samuel Myers, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • John Myers, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • Israel Myers, a butcher, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Catherine Myers, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on December 14, 1835, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
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Myers Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • G. H. Myers arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Mandarin" in 1841
  • M. Myers arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1861
  • John Myers, aged 35, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864
  • Catherine Myers, aged 33, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864
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  • Ernie Myers (1930-2016), American horse racing broadcaster at Del Mar racetrack
  • James A. "Jim" Myers (1921-2014), American football line coach and associated head coach with the Dallas Cowboys under Tom Landry
  • Brigadier-General Donald Johnson Myers (1893-1958), American Commanding General 40th Division (1945-1946)
  • Lieutenant-General Charles Trovilla Myers (1900-1976), American Commanding General Northeast Air Command (1952-1954)
  • Frank Joseph Myers, American country music singer, songwriter and record producer
  • Carmel Myers (1899-1980), American silent film actress
  • John J. Myers (b. 1941), American Archbishop of Newark
  • Walter Dean Myers (1937-2014), African American author of young adult books, winner of the Margaret Edwards Award (1994) and Michael L. Printz Award (2000)
  • Christopher Patrick "Chris" Myers (b. 1959), American sportscaster
  • Sumner Byron Myers (1910-1955), American mathematician specialized in topology
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Myers Historic Events



Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. John Jameson Myers, British Assistant Saloon Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. Frank Myers, British Assistant Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Captain James Patterson Myers (1885-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. James  Myers (1851-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Simon David  Myers (1879-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Asa Howard  Myers (1887-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Levi A.  Myers (1892-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Henry William Myers (1923-1941), Australian Stoker 2nd Class from Bentleight, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Sidney C S Myers (b. 1921), English Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Twickenham, Middlesex, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Gordon W Myers (b. 1923), English Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Knutsford, Cheshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Master William Ellason G. Myers, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Stratford, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Herman Abraham Myers, American 1st Class Passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Joseph Laurence Myers, American 1st Class Passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
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  • A Tale of Two Families: a Biographical Genealogy of the Meyers and Sparhawk Families by Dorothy Hermanne Brathwaite.
  • Sam Myers, 1805-1883 and Lydia Horner, 1833-1907: their Ancestors and Descendants by Forrest D. Myers.
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Citations



    Other References

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    2. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    3. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    4. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    5. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    6. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    10. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
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