Show ContentsMayra History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

The surname Mayra 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 Mayra family

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Mayra 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 Mayra include Mayer, Maier, Meyer, Meier, Mayr, Meyr, Myer and many more.

Early Notables of the Mayra family

Prominent among members of the name Mayra 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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Migration of the Mayra family

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 Mayras to arrive in North America, and among them were: Hans Mayer, who was the first bearer of this name to arrive in the New World. He came to Lancaster, Pa. in 1709. During the next 150 years, close to five hundred bearers of this name came to North America, most arriving in Philadelphia between 1730 and 1760.

Contemporary Notables of the name Mayra (post 1700) +

  • Mayra Calvani (b. 1967), Puerto-Rican writer
  • Mayra Matos (b. 1988), Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2009
  • Mayra Montero, Cuban-Puerto Rican writer
  • Mayra M. Uribe, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 2000 [1]
  • Mayra Rodriguez, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Puerto Rico, 1996 [2]

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