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The name Meier 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.

Meier Early Origins



The surname Meier was first found in Prussia, where the name emerged in medieval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.

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Meier Spelling Variations


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Meier Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Meier, Meierr, Meieres, Meiers, Meierr, Meierrs, Meierres, Meeier, Mire, Mier, Miere and many more.

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Meier Early History


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Meier Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meier research. Another 222 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1743 and 1753 are included under the topic Early Meier History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Meier Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Meier Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Meier Notables 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:

Meier Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Paul Meier, who came with his wife and five children to America in 1709
  • Johannes Meier, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Koenraet Meier, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Paulus Meier, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Catharina Meier, who landed in Carolina in 1734
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Meier Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • F Meier, who landed in North America in 1832-1849
  • Franz Meier, who landed in North America in 1832-1849
  • Caspar Meier, who arrived in North America in 1832-1849
  • Adolphus Meier, who arrived in North America in 1832-1849
  • Henriette Meier, who arrived in North America in 1832-1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Meier Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Jacob Meier, who landed in Arkansas in 1906
  • Adolph Wilhelm Meier, who landed in Wisconsin in 1910

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Contemporary Notables of the name Meier (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Meier (post 1700)



  • Naomi "Sally" Meier (1926-1989), American All-American Girls Professional Baseball League outfielder who played from 1946 through 1953
  • Megan Taylor Meier (1992-2006), American teenager who was a tragic victim of cyber bullying
  • Paul Meier (1924-2011), American statistician who promoted the use of randomized trials in medicine, co-developer of the Kaplan-Meier estimator
  • John H. Meier (b. 1933), American financier and business consultant who worked for Howard Hughes
  • Arthur Ernst "Dutch" Meier (1879-1948), American Major Baseball player for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1906
  • Deborah Meier (b. 1931), American educator, generally considered to be the founder of the modern small schools movement
  • Rob Jack Daniel Meier (b. 1977), Canadian-born, American former professional NFL football player who played for the Jacksonville Jaguars (2000-2009)
  • Richard Meier (b. 1934), American abstract artist and architect, awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1984
  • Julius L Meier (1874-1937), American businessman and politician, 20th Governor of Oregon (1931-1935)
  • John Paul Meier (b. 1942), American prominent Biblical scholar and Catholic priest
  • ... (Another 24 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Semper Paratus
Motto Translation: Always prepared.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. 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).
    3. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    4. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    5. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    6. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    7. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    8. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    9. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    10. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    11. ...

    The Meier Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Meier 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 17 September 2016 at 21:20.

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