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The name Mayor was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. Mayor 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.

Mayor Early Origins



The surname Mayor 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.

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Mayor Spelling Variations


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Mayor Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Mayor were recorded, including Major, Mauger, Magor, Maior, Mayer, Mayor, Mager and others.

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Mayor Early History


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Mayor Early History



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

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Mayor Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Mayor Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Mayor In Ireland


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Mayor In Ireland



Some of the Mayor 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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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Mayor arrived in North America very early:

Mayor Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Herman Mayor, who arrived in Maryland in 1661
  • Katherine Mayor, who arrived in Maryland in 1661
  • Maudline Mayor, who arrived in Maryland in 1661
  • Thomas Mayor, who arrived in Maryland in 1668

Mayor Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joanis Mayor, aged 24, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1741

Mayor Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Lastenia De Mayor, who landed in Peru in 1860
  • Elizth Mayor, aged 40, landed in New York in 1864
  • Richard Mayor, aged 18, landed in New York in 1864
  • Peter Mayor, who landed in Arkansas in 1890
  • Pierre Martin Mayor, who arrived in Arkansas in 1890
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Mayor Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Jean Baptiste Mayor, who landed in Arkansas in 1900

Mayor Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Mayor arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1848

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Contemporary Notables of the name Mayor (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Mayor (post 1700)



  • James C. Mayor, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Illinois State Senate 32nd District, 1936; Member of Illinois Democratic State Central Committee, 1938-43
  • Henry Mayor, American politician, Mayor of Frostburg, Maryland, 1907-08
  • Michel G. E. Mayor (b. 1942), Swiss professor of astronomy awarded the Balzan Prize in 2000, the Albert Einstein Medal in 2004 and the Shaw Prize in Astronomy in 2005

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Citations


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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. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  4. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  6. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  7. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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The Mayor Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mayor 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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