Meer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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.
Early Origins of the Meer family
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.  The place name literally means "place at the pool or lake." 
Early History of the Meer family
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Meer Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Meares, Mear, Mears, Meer, Meere and others.
Early Notables of the Meer family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Meer family to Ireland
Some of the Meer family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Meer migration to the United States
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 
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Meer migration to Australia
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Meer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Mary Meer, aged 20, a housemaid, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Emerald Isle" 
- Thomas Meer, aged 24, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Navarino" 
- Catherine Meer, aged 16, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Bee"
Contemporary Notables of the name Meer (post 1700)
- Russell Harlan Meer (1918-1994), American Major League Baseball pitcher
- John Samuel Vander Meer (1914-1997), American baseball player, who was the only player to pitch no-hitters in two consecutive games
- Melvyn L Meer, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Maryland 5th District, 1968 
- 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
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- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ 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)
- ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 17th January 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Emerald Isle 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/emeraldisle1854.shtml
- ^ South Australian Register. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Navarino 1857. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/navarino1857.shtml.
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html