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The Meer surname is thought to derive from either the Old English word "mere," meaning "pond," or from "maere," which meant "boundary." In either case, the name was probably topographic, taken on by someone who lived near one these features.

Meer Early Origins



The surname Meer was first found in Somerset at Meare, a village and civil parish in the union of Wells, hundred of Glaston-Twelve-Hides, north west of Glastonbury. Nearby is Meare Lake Village, the site of an Iron Age settlement. The Abbot's Fish House was built in the 14th century when Adam of Sodbury was the abbot of Glastonbury Abbey. One of the first records of the place name was as Mere, which was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
The place name literally means "place at the pool or lake." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

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Meer Spelling Variations


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Meer Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Meares, Mear, Mears, Meer, Meere and others.

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Meer Early History


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Meer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meer research. Another 121 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1634, 1715 and 1659 are included under the topic Early Meer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Meer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Meer Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 20 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Meer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Meer In Ireland


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Meer In Ireland



Some of the Meer family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 53 words (4 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Meer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Meer, who was naturalized in Philadelphia in 1798

Meer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Meer, who was naturalized in Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Isaac Van Der Meer and his family, who settled in Iowa in 1849
  • Ant je VanDer Meer, who landed in Iowa in 1849
  • Dirk VanDer Meer, who arrived in Iowa in 1849
  • Frans VanDer Meer, who landed in Iowa in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Meer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary Meer, aged 20, a housemaid, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Emerald Isle"
  • Thomas Meer, aged 24, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Navarino"
  • Catherine Meer, aged 16, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Bee"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Meer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Meer (post 1700)



  • Russell Harlan Meer (1918-1994), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Melvyn L Meer, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Maryland 5th District, 1968
  • John Samuel Vander Meer (1914-1997), American baseball player, who was the only player to pitch no-hitters in two consecutive games
  • William Meer (1844-1902), English cricketer
  • Johan van der Meer (1656-1705), Dutch painter
  • Susie van der Meer, German singer-songwriter
  • Barend van der Meer (1659-1700), Dutch Golden Age still life painter
  • Johan van der Meer (1913-2011), Dutch choral conductor
  • Vonne van der Meer (b. 1952), Dutch prose writer and playwright
  • Robine Tanya van der Meer (b. 1971), Dutch actress and model
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  2. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  5. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  6. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  8. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  9. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  10. 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).
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The Meer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Meer 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 14 January 2016 at 09:37.

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