Meyer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The ancestral home of the Meyer family is in the German state of Bavaria. The name Meyer 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 Meyer family

The surname Meyer 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.

Important Dates for the Meyer family

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Meyer Spelling Variations

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Meyer include Mayer, Maier, Meyer, Meier, Mayr, Meyr, Myer and many more.

Early Notables of the Meyer family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the name Meyer 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...
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Meyer migration to the United States

German settlers were among the most common to come to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. Poverty and religious persecution drove many Bavarians to make this long trek. tenant farmers were also enticed by the prospect of owning land. From east to west, these German immigrants populated the United States, settling in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada also provided homes to many. Early settlers bearing the Meyer surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Meyer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Adolf Meyer, who settled in New York city in 1661
  • Christopher Meyer, who settled in Delaware in 1693
  • Christopher Meyer, who landed in Delaware in 1693 [1]
Meyer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Abel Meyer, who arrived in New Jersey in 1709 [1]
  • Antony Meyer, who arrived in New York in 1709 [1]
  • Arent Meyer, who landed in New York in 1709 [1]
  • Bartel Meyer, who arrived in New York in 1709 [1]
  • Bastiaan Meyer, who landed in New York in 1709 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Meyer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Caspar Meyer, who arrived in North America in 1832-1849 [1]
  • Ann Charlotte Meyer, who landed in New York, NY in 1840 [1]
  • Casper Meyer, aged 36, who arrived in Missouri in 1844 [1]
  • Angelo Meyer, aged 27, who arrived in Missouri in 1845 [1]
  • Auguste Meyer, who arrived in Galveston, Tex in 1846 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Meyer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Dietrich Meyer, who landed in Alabama in 1918 [1]

Meyer migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Meyer Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Barbara Meyer, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Conrad Meyer, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Mr. John Adolphus George Meyer U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]

Meyer migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Meyer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Ellis Meyer a teacher, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837 [3]
  • Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer, aged 24, who arrived in South Australia in 1847 aboard the ship "Hermann von Beckerath" [4]
  • Augustus Meyer, aged 24, a clerk, who arrived in South Australia in 1848 aboard the ship "Pauline" [5]
  • R.W. Meyer, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Steinwaerder" [6]
  • Otto Meyer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Malvina Vidal"

Meyer migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Meyer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Charles Meyer, aged 17, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849
  • Herbert Meyer, aged 18, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849
  • Miss Louisa Meyer, (b. 1846), aged 22, British general servant travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 8th January1869 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Meyer (post 1700)

  • Ron Meyer (1941-2017), American college and head coach of Southern Methodist University
  • Brigadier-General Vincent Meyer (1889-1974), American Member of Allied Control Council Berlin (1945) [8]
  • Brigadier-General Henry John Dick Meyer (1899-1972), American Commanding Officer Artillery, 2nd Division (1946-1948) [9]
  • Major-General George Ralph Meyer (1886-1961), American Commanding General Anti-Aircraft Command (1945-1946) [10]
  • Cheryl Diaz Meyer, American reporter who co-won (with David Leeson) the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography
  • Bernard Stern Meyer (1916-2005), American lawyer and politician
  • David Meyer (1931-1980), birth name of David Janssen, American film and television actor best known for his role as Dr. Kimble in the series The Fugitive (1963-1967)
  • Adolf Meyer (1866-1950), American psychiatrist
  • Joseph Meyer (1894-1987), American composer
  • John C. Meyer, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 24 aerial victories
  • ... (Another 60 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Meyer family

Air New Zealand Flight 901
  • Mr. Jurg Meyer (d. 1979), Swedish passenger, from Switzerland aboard the Air New Zealand Flight 901 for an Antarctic sightseeing flight when it flew into Mount Erebus; he died in the crash [11]
Bismarck
  • Wilhelm Meyer (1922-1941), German Matrose II who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [12]
  • Willy Meyer (1921-1941), German Matrosengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [12]
  • Theodor Meyer (1918-1941), German Maschinengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [12]
  • Richard Meyer (1920-1941), German Matrosengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [12]
  • Rudolf Meyer (1918-1941), German Maschinenobergefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [12]
  • ... (Another 6 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. August Meyer (d. 1912), aged 31, English Second Class passenger from Harrow, London who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [13]
  • Mrs. Leila Meyer, (née Saks), aged 25, American First Class passenger from New York City, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 6 [13]
  • Mr. Edgar Joseph Meyer (d. 1912), aged 28, American First Class passenger from New York City, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [13]

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837Navarino.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HERMANN VON BECKERATH 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847HermanVonBeckerath.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PAULINE 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Pauline.htm
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) STEINWARDER 1849 aka STEINWAERDER. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Steinwarder.htm
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2013, May 9) Vincent Meyer. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Meyer/Vincent/USA.html
  9. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2013, May 9) Henry Meyer. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Meyer/Henry_John_Dick/USA.html
  10. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2013, May 9) George Meyer. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Meyer/George_Ralph/USA.html
  11. ^ Mount Erebus, Memorial, Roll of Remembrance (Retrieved 2018, February 21st). Retrieved from http://www.erebus.co.nz/memorialandawards/rollofremembrance.aspx
  12. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details
  13. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
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