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Where did the English Mayer family come from? What is the English Mayer family crest and coat of arms? When did the Mayer family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Mayer family history?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.
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.
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'". Sir Mathias Mayer (Mayor), originally a Jerseyman was ancestor of the Majors of Hampshire.
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.
Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mayer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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.
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
Mayer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Mayer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Mayer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Mayer Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Mayer Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Mayer Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
Mayer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Mayer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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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