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
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mayra 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 Mayra History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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 (pre 1700)
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... Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mayra Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Mayra family to the New World and Oceana
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.