Show ContentsMailer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Mailer is an occupational name for a painter, or more specifically a painter of stained glass, derived from the Old German "malen", and the Middle High German word "malen" which both meant "to paint."

Early Origins of the Mailer family

The surname Mailer was first found in Wurtemberg and Bavaria, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name Mahler became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation.

Early History of the Mailer family

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Mailer Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Mahler, Maler, Mahl, Mahle, Male, Mal, Maller, Maehler, Mehler, Mailer, Mayler, Maylor, Mailor and many more.

Early Notables of the Mailer family (pre 1700)

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United States Mailer migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mailer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Georg Mailer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750 [1]
  • Johan Peter Mailer, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1787 [1]
Mailer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Mailer, who landed in New York in 1817 [1]

New Zealand Mailer migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Mailer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Mailer, Scottish settler travelling from Clyde aboard the ship "Sir William Eyre" arriving in Bluff, Southland, South Island, New Zealand in April 1863 [2]
  • Andrew Mailer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lorraine" in 1878
  • Thomas Mailer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lorraine" in 1878

Contemporary Notables of the name Mailer (post 1700) +

  • Norman Mailer (1923-2007), American two time Pulitzer prize and the National Book Award winning American author
  • Andrew Caldwell Mailer (1853-1897), American politician, Member of the Wisconsin Senate (1897-1901)
  • Norris Church Mailer (1949-2010), born Barbara Jean Davis, widow of American novelist, Norman Mailer
  • John Buffalo Mailer (b. 1978), American author, playwright, actor, producer, and journalist, son of Norman Mailer
  • Michael Mailer (b. 1964), American film producer, son of Norman Mailer
  • Stephen McLeod Mailer (b. 1966), American stage and screen actor, son of Norman Mailer
  • Norman Kingsley Mailer (1923-2007), American Democratic Party politician, Candidate in primary for Mayor of New York City, New York, 1969 [3]
  • John B. Mailer Jr., American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arkansas, 1972 [3]
  • Ronald George "Ron" Mailer (1932-2018), Scottish footballer who played from 1951 to 1964

  1. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from on Facebook