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Maier is an old Anglo-Saxon name that was given to a person who was a person who held the office of mayor. The surname was originally derived from the Old English word maire, which referred to the officer who was in charge of executing summonses and other legal matters. Therefore, the original bearer of the surname Maier held the office of Mayor. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


Maier Early Origins



The surname Maier was first found in Cheshire at Mere, a township, in the parish of Rosthern, union of Altrincham, hundred of Bucklow. The place name dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was first listed as Mera. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Literally, the place name means "(place at) the pool or lake," from the Old English word "mere." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Alternatively, the surname could have originated at Mere in Wiltshire, a market-town and parish, and the head of a union, in the hundred of Mere. This parish was listed in the Domesday Book, but with the current spelling of Mere. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
In this case, "the name of this place is derived from the Saxon word Mæra, signifying bounds or limits, and indicates its situation on the borders of the counties of Wilts, Somerset, and Dorset. In 1253, permission was given by Henry III. to Richard, Earl of Cornwall, to build and fortify a castle on his manor of Mere, and the manor has ever since been attached to the duchy of Cornwall. " [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

The family was listed in the Roll of Battle Abbey as companions to William the Conqueror. "The descendants of this Norman knight occupied a prominent position in Staffordshire, in the time of the early Plantagenets. William de Mere occurs as High Sheriff of that county, temp. Edward II., and in the next reign, Peter de la Mere filled the Speaker's chair in the House of Commons. At an early period, the family possessed the manor of Maer, co. Stafford, and are also found resident at Norton, in the Moors. " [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
For centuries the township of Lartington in the North Riding of Yorkshire belonged to the Maire family until the 16th century when it was passed by marriage to the Lawsons, of Brough. [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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Maier Spelling Variations


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Maier Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Maier has been recorded under many different variations, including Maire, Myer, Myers, Mair, Maires, Mayers, Meyers, Meire, Meir, Mere and many more.

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Maier Early History


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Maier Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Maier research. Another 315 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1453, 1477, 1544, 1379, 1467, 1550 and are included under the topic Early Maier History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Maier Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Maier Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Maier Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Maier In Ireland


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Maier In Ireland



Some of the Maier family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 159 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Maier or a variant listed above:

Maier Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Andries Maier, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Hans Adam Maier, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Maties Maier, aged 32, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1741
  • Johann Jacob Maier, who arrived in America in 1747
  • Baltus Maier, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Maier Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Matthias Maier, who landed in America in 1840-1850
  • Johann Martin Maier, who arrived in America in 1840-1850
  • Franz Jakob Maier, who arrived in North America in 1843
  • Georg Maier, who arrived in Cincinnati, Oh in 1845
  • Anton Maier, who landed in Galveston, Tex in 1845
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Maier Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Christian Tobias Maier, who landed in Mississippi in 1906
  • Fred Maier, who arrived in Mississippi in 1906
  • Paul Maier, who arrived in America in 1920
  • Ernst Maier, who arrived in America in 1923

Maier Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Christina Maier, aged 21, arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • Daniel Maier, aged 19, landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • Paulina Maier, aged 11, arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902

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Contemporary Notables of the name Maier (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Maier (post 1700)



  • William J. Maier, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Seneca County, 1905-06, 1914-16; New York State Comptroller, 1922; New York Republican State Chair, 1929-30
  • William Maier, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 58th District, 1954
  • Pamela S. Maier, American Republican politician, Elected Delaware State House of Representatives 21st District 1998
  • Richard Maier, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1964
  • Johnnie Maier, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1996, 2000
  • John G. Maier, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1853-61
  • Henry W. Maier (1918-1994), American Democrat politician, Member of Wisconsin State Senate 9th District, 1951-60; Candidate for U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, 1956; Mayor of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1960-88
  • David P. Maier, American Republican politician, Candidate for Maryland State Senate 12th District, 1998
  • David Maier, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1924
  • Connie Maier, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1972
  • ... (Another 22 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Maier Historic Events


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Maier Historic Events




Hindenburg LZ-129

  • Mr. Xaver Maier (1911-1937), German Head Chef from Walldorf, Germany, who worked on board the Hindenburg LZ-129 and survived the Airship Fire on May 6, 1937

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  5. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  3. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  8. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
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The Maier Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Maier 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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