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The name Meiers 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.

Meiers Early Origins



The surname Meiers 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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Meiers Spelling Variations


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Meiers 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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Meiers Early History


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Meiers Early History



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

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Meiers Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Meiers Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Meiers 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:

Meiers Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Justine Meiers, aged 28, landed in New York, NY in 1843
  • Jakob Meiers, who came to America in 1852
  • Nicholas Meiers, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1873
  • A. Maria Meiers, who arrived in Arkansas in 1880

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Contemporary Notables of the name Meiers (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Meiers (post 1700)



  • Shallan Meiers (b. 1981), American model and actress
  • Ruth Meiers (1925-1987), American politician, the first female Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota (1985-1987)
  • Ruth Meiers (1925-1987), American Democrat politician, Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota, 1985-87

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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. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. 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. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    4. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    5. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    6. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    10. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    11. ...

    The Meiers Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Meiers 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 09:42.

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