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The ancestral home of the Beier family was in the German state of Bavaria. Beier is a local name for a person who lived in Southern Germany. Further research showed the name was derived from the name the Celtic tribe of the "Boii" who once inhabited this area as well as Bohemia. Beier is derived from the Latin root word Bauari, which means Bavarian people. In the 6th century, the Boii were replaced by a Germanic tribe, a branch of the Marcomanni, who adapted the name Boioarii or Baiuarii. Beyer is also the German and Ashkenazic Jewish name for someone from Bavaria, or Bayern.

Beier Early Origins



The surname Beier was first found in Bavaria, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by several leaders in their search for power. The name is related to "Bayer," both names referring to the Kingdom of Bavaria, but from early on "Beyer" and its variations formed distinct branches. A high percentage of these branches moved into Silesia, a region just north east of Bavaria.

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Beier Spelling Variations


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Beier Spelling Variations



In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Beier include Beyer, Beyere, Beyerre, Beier, Beir, Beiere, Beierre and many more.

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Beier Early History


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Beier Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beier research. Another 281 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1716, 1747, 1786 and 1803 are included under the topic Early Beier History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Beier Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Beier Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beier Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries, German settlers arrived in North America by the thousands. Persecution based on religion and poverty were great motivators in this large-scale migration. So too was the opportunity for tenant farmers to own their own land. Ample land and opportunity awaited the settlers who went to such states as Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, as well as Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Beier or a variant listed above:

Beier Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Andreas Beier, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Martin Beier, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Hendrick Beier, aged 26, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1739
  • Anna Maria Beier, who landed in America in 1741
  • Johann Andreas Beier, who arrived in America in 1741
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Beier Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Beier, aged 47, landed in Missouri in 1840
  • Caspar Beier, aged 37, landed in Missouri in 1848
  • Bernh Jos Beier, who arrived in America in 1848
  • Ernestine Luise Beier, who landed in Texas in 1854
  • Auguste Beier, aged 26, arrived in New York, NY in 1884
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Beier (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Beier (post 1700)



  • Tom Beier (b. 1945), American former AFL football safety
  • William Beier, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Louisiana 3rd District, 2002
  • Samuel K. Beier, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 12th District, 1928
  • Florence Beier, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 23rd District, 1972
  • Dean G. Beier, American politician, Mayor of Birmingham, Michigan, 1952-53
  • William Beier (b. 1982), German ice dancer, brother of Christina Beier, four-time German national champions
  • Ulli Beier (1922-2011), German editor, writer and scholar
  • Karin Beier (b. 1965), German theatre director
  • Christina Beier (b. 1984), German ice dancer, sister of William Beier, four-time German national champions
  • Albert Beier (1900-1972), German footballer
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    2. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    3. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    4. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    6. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    7. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    8. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    10. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    11. ...

    The Beier Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Beier 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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