Mayer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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.

Early Origins of the Mayer family

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.

Important Dates for the Mayer family

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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.

Early Notables of the Mayer family (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...
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Mayer migration to the United States

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 [1]
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 settled in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1709
  • Caspar Mayer, aged 30, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1739 [1]
  • Egidi Mayer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1739 [1]
  • Jacob Mayer, aged 47, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1739 [1]
  • Barbara Mayer, who arrived in Carolina in 1740 [1]
  • ... (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 [1]
  • Babette Mayer, who landed in North America in 1832-1849 [1]
  • Morris Mayer, who landed in New York in 1840 [1]
  • Abraham Mayer, who arrived in Mississippi in 1847 [1]
  • John Mayer, who arrived in Mississippi in 1847 [1]
  • ... (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, who landed in New York, NY in 1901 [1]
  • Emanuel Mayer, who arrived in Arkansas in 1905 [1]
  • Alex Mayer, who arrived in Mississippi in 1907 [1]

Mayer migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mayer Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Pierre-Louis Mayer, originally of Lyon, who married Marie-Charlotte Chevreuil in Montreal in 1740
  • Pierre-Louis Mayer, son of Jean-Baptiste and Louise, married Marie-Charlotte Chevreuil, daughter of Guillaume and Louise-Angélique, in Montreal, Quebec on 12th September 1740 [2]
  • Benjamin Mayer, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Chrétien Mayer, son of Jean-Chrétien and Dorothée, married Marie-Joesphte Babin, daughter of Pierre and Madeleine, in Boucherville, Quebec on 24th October 1757 [2]
  • Jean Mayer, son of Thomas and Catherine, married Marie-Charlotte Drouin, daughter of Joseph and Charlotte, in Quebec on 17th November 1760 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Mayer Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Gottlieb Mayer, aged 9, who arrived in Quebec in 1893
Mayer Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Daniel Mayer, aged 28, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902

Mayer migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Mayer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Edward Mayer, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Caleb Angas" in 1840 [3]
  • Heinrich Mayer, aged 51, who arrived in South Australia in 1847 aboard the ship "Hermann von Beckerath" [4]
  • Margaret Mayer, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Hyde" in 1850 [5]

Mayer 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:

Mayer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Johann Mayer, (b. 1829), aged 27, British labourer travelling from London aboard the ship "Isabella Hercus" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th January 1856 [6]
  • Miss Mayer, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Roman Emperor" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 30th March 1863 [7]
  • Miss Susan J. Mayer, (b. 1852), aged 16, British domestic servant travelling from London aboard the ship "Gainsborough" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 2nd May 1868 [6]
  • Reuben Mayer, aged 22, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Mayer (post 1700)

  • Martin Prager Mayer (1928-2019), American economist, writer of 35 non-fiction books
  • Peter Michael Mayer (1936-2018), British-born American publisher, President of The Overlook Press/Peter Mayer Publishers, Inc
  • William Mayer (1925-2017), American multi-award winning composer, best known for his prize-winning opera A Death in the Family
  • 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
  • George Mayer, American bronze medalist for gymnastics at the 1904 Olympics
  • Charles Mayer, American gold and sliver Olympic medalist for boxing at the 1904 Summer Games
  • Francis Blackwell Mayer (1827-1899), American genre painter from Maryland
  • James "Jacob" Erskine Mayer (1889-1957), American Major League Baseball player
  • ... (Another 70 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Mayer family

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  • Theodor Mayer (1914-1941), German Obermaschinist who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [8]
  • Alois Mayer (1913-1941), German Bootsmann who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [8]

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Citations

  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. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CALEB ANGAS 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840CalebAngas.gif
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HERMANN VON BECKERATH 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847HermanVonBeckerath.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WILLIAM HYDE 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850WilliamHyde.gif
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details
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