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The name Mayer reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is based on the Norman given name Mauger. The name indicates one who is the son of Maugier, an Old French personal name, which is derived from the Old Germanic name Malger, which means council spear.

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The surname Mayer was first found in on the Isle of Guernsey where Mauger, Archbishop of Rouen and uncle of William the Conqueror settled after abdicating his see. There he married Gisella or Guille "without sanction of the Church, he formed an intimacy that resulted in numerous progeny, some of whom took their father's, others their mother's name. 'Hence,' observes a correspondent 'Guilles and Maugers are as plentiful as blackberries on the Channel Islands'"[1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
. Sir Mathias Mayer (Mayor), originally a Jerseyman was ancestor of the Majors of Hampshire.

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Mayer has been recorded under many different variations, including Major, Mauger, Magor, Maior, Mayer, Mayor, Mager and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mayer research. Another 109 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1469, 1550, 1615, 1655 and are included under the topic Early Mayer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mayer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Mayer family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 133 words (10 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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To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Mayers were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Mayer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Anna Mayer, who arrived in America in 1681

Mayer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hans Mayer, who was the first bearer of this name to arrive in the New World. He came to Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1709
  • Caspar Mayer, aged 30, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1739
  • Egidi Mayer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1739
  • Jacob Mayer, aged 47, landed in Pennsylvania in 1739
  • Barbara Mayer, who arrived in Carolina in 1740
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Mayer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Franz Jakob Mayer, who landed in Brazil in 1825
  • Babette Mayer, who landed in North America in 1832-1849
  • Morris Mayer, who landed in New York in 1840
  • Abraham Mayer, who arrived in Mississippi in 1847
  • John Mayer, who arrived in Mississippi in 1847
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Mayer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Aloise Mayer, aged 4, landed in New York, NY in 1901
  • Emanuel Mayer, who arrived in Arkansas in 1905
  • Alex Mayer, who arrived in Mississippi in 1907

Mayer Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Pierre-Louis Mayer, originally of Lyon, who married Marie-Charlotte Chevreuil in Montreal in 1740
  • Benjamin Mayer, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749

Mayer Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Gottlieb Mayer, aged 9, arrived in Quebec in 1893

Mayer Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Daniel Mayer, aged 28, arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902

Mayer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Edward Mayer arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Caleb Angas" in 1840
  • Heinrich Mayer, aged 51, arrived in South Australia in 1847 aboard the ship "Hermann von Beckerath"
  • Margaret Mayer arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Hyde" in 1850

Mayer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Reuben Mayer, aged 22, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874
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  • Frederick "Fred" R. Mayer (1921-2016), German-born Jewish American OSS agent for the United States during World War II; negotiated the surrender of the German Army in Innsbruck, Austria, in 1945
  • Edwin David Mayer (1931-2015), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the Chicago Cubs in 1957 and 1958
  • Marissa Ann Mayer (b. 1975), American businesswoman, president and CEO of Yahoo!, former employee number 20 at Google
  • Mrs. Walter Mayer, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Mexico, 1944, 1948
  • Samuel C. Mayer, American politician, Mayor of Reading, Pennsylvania, 1871-73
  • Sam L. Mayer, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1912
  • O. P. Mayer, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1916
  • Oscar F. Mayer, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1920, 1928; Delegate to Illinois convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933
  • Nancy J. Mayer, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from Rhode Island, 1996
  • Michael Todd Mayer, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Alabama 7th District, 1992
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  • John Nicholas Mayer and all Known Descendants by Sallyann Jean Seaman.
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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.

Other References

  1. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  2. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  3. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  5. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  7. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  10. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
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