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

Demeyer Early Origins



The surname Demeyer 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.

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Demeyer Spelling Variations


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

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Demeyer Early History


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Demeyer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Demeyer 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 Demeyer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Demeyer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Demeyer Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the name Demeyer 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...

Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Demeyer 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



Thousands of German settlers came to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. The hardships of the long voyage were balanced by the opportunity to escape poverty and religious persecution. The descendents of these settlers still populate the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also live in Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Demeyer or a variant listed above:

Demeyer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Nicolaus DeMeyer, who landed in New York in 1664

Demeyer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Leopold Demeyer, who arrived in Mississippi in 1900

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Contemporary Notables of the name Demeyer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Demeyer (post 1700)



  • Peter DeMeyer, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Mayor of Maumee, Ohio, 1937
  • Marc Demeyer (1950-1982), Belgium professional road racing cyclist

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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. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    3. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    4. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    5. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    8. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    9. 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).
    10. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    11. ...

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

    This page was last modified on 10 September 2016 at 11:33.

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