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Multiple Origins for the Surname Mayer



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

Mayer Early Origins



The surname Mayer 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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Mayer Spelling Variations


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

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Mayer Early History


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Mayer Early History



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

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Mayer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Mayer Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the name Mayer 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 Mayer 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



European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Mayers to arrive in North America, and among them were:

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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CALEB ANGAS 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840CalebAngas.gif
  • Heinrich Mayer, aged 51, arrived in South Australia in 1847 aboard the ship "Hermann von Beckerath" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HERMANN VON BECKERATH 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847HermanVonBeckerath.htm
  • 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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Contemporary Notables of the name Mayer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Mayer (post 1700)



  • 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
  • ... (Another 65 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Mayer


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Suggested Readings for the name Mayer



  • John Nicholas Mayer and all Known Descendants by Sallyann Jean Seaman.

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Mayer Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CALEB ANGAS 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840CalebAngas.gif
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HERMANN VON BECKERATH 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847HermanVonBeckerath.htm

Other References

  1. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
  2. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
  3. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
  4. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  6. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  8. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
  9. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
  10. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
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The Mayer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mayer 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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