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

Mayr Early Origins



The surname Mayr 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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Mayr Spelling Variations


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Mayr Spelling Variations



Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Mayr include Mayer, Maier, Meyer, Meier, Mayr, Meyr, Myer and many more.

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Mayr Early History


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Mayr Early History



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

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Mayr Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Mayr Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the name Mayr 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 Mayr 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



The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Mayr Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johann Georg Mayr, who arrived in Georgia in 1734-1741
  • Georg Balthasar Mayr, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749

Mayr Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Andreas Mayr, who landed in New York, NY in 1851
  • Vincent Mayr, aged 41, landed in New York, NY in 1860

Mayr Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Arthur Mayr, who arrived in Alabama in 1921

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Contemporary Notables of the name Mayr (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Mayr (post 1700)



  • Frank Mayr Jr., American politician, Secretary of State of Indiana, 1931-35
  • Herbert Mayr (1943-2015), Italian politician, Deputy mayor of Bolzano (1985-1995)
  • Ernst Walter Mayr (1904-2005), German/American evolutionary biologist awarded the 1969 National Medal of Science

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    2. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    6. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    7. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    8. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    10. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    11. ...

    The Mayr Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mayr 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.

    This page was last modified on 10 February 2016 at 13:25.

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