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The Beyer surname first began to be used in the German state of Bavaria, some time after the 12th century, when hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules, and names that were derived from locations became particularly common. The family name Beyer is a local surname. Originally denoting the proprietorship of an estate or influence within a village, the German preposition von, which means from or of, used with local names, was taken as a mark of aristocracy. The surname Beyer was given to someone 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. Beyer 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.

Beyer Early Origins



The surname Beyer 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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Beyer Spelling Variations


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Beyer 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 Beyer include Beyer, Beyere, Beyerre, Beier, Beir, Beiere, Beierre and many more.

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Beyer Early History


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Beyer Early History



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

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Beyer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Beyer Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beyer 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



The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Beyer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Anna Appollonia Beyer, who landed in America in 1681
  • Eva va Elisabetha Beyer, who landed in America in 1681
  • Joh Phillipp Beyer, who landed in America in 1681
  • Johann Andreas Beyer, who landed in America in 1681
  • Johann Martin Beyer, who landed in America in 1681

Beyer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Tomas Beyer, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Sagond Beyer, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Mike Beyer, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Hans Peter Beyer, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Henrig Beyer, who landed in New York in 1709
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Beyer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joh Nicolaus Beyer, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Gottliep Frangott Beyer, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1817
  • Godhelp L Beyer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1820
  • George H Beyer, who arrived in New York, NY in 1846
  • F Beyer, aged 35, landed in New York, NY in 1847
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Beyer Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Charles Beyer was living in Lambton County, Ontario in 1877
  • Mathew Beyer was recorded in the Muskoka District of Ontario in 1879

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Contemporary Notables of the name Beyer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Beyer (post 1700)



  • Emil Beyer (1875-1934), American Olympic sliver medalist for gymnastics at the 1904 Summer Games
  • Donald S. "Don" Beyer (b. 1950), former Lieutenant Governor of Virginia (1990-1998)
  • Henry Otley Beyer (1883-1966), American anthropologist
  • Johanna Magdelena Beyer (1888-1944), American (Leipzig born) Chamber music composer
  • Sergeant Arthur O Beyer (1909-1965), United States Army soldier awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945
  • Frank Beyer (1932-2006), German film director, screen writer, and actor
  • Uwe Beyer (1945-1993), German hammer thrower and Dirk Beyer, German, Assistant Professor in the School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia
  • Kathleen Beyer Blackburn (1892-1968), British botanist, best known for the 1926 discovery that plant cells have sex chromosomes
  • Georgina Beyer (b. 1957), New Zealand politician and former Labour Party Member of Parliament (2005-2007)
  • Colin Andrew Nielsen Beyer (1938-2015), New Zealand lawyer and securities commissioner on the Securities Commission of New Zealand (2001-2010), stepfather of Georgina Beyer

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    2. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    3. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    5. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    6. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    8. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    10. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    11. ...

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