Mayr History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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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.
Early Origins of the Mayr family
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.
Early History of the Mayr family
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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.
Early Notables of the Mayr family (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...
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Mayr migration to the United States +
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, who landed in New York, NY in 1860 
Mayr Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Arthur Mayr, who arrived in Alabama in 1921 
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
Historic Events for the Mayr family +
- Franz Mayr (1921-1941), German Matrosengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking 
- Martin Mayr (1919-1941), German Matrosengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking 
Related Stories +
- ^ 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)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details