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Multiple Origins for the Surname Maier


German


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

Maier Early Origins



The surname Maier 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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Maier Spelling Variations


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Maier 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 Maier include Mayer, Maier, Meyer, Meier, Mayr, Meyr, Myer 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 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 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)



Prominent among members of the name Maier 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 Maier 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 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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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    2. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    3. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    4. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    10. 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).
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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.

    This page was last modified on 9 January 2017 at 09:15.

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