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The many generations and branches of the Meyer family can all place the origins of their surname with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name reveals that an early member worked as a person who held the office of mayor. The surname was originally derived from the Old English word maire, which referred to the officer who was in charge of executing summonses and other legal matters. Therefore, the original bearer of the surname Meyer held the office of Mayor. [1]

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Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Meyer were recorded, including Maire, Myer, Myers, Mair, Maires, Mayers, Meyers, Meire, Meir, Mere and many more.

First found in Cheshire at Mere, a township, in the parish of Rosthern, union of Altrincham, hundred of Bucklow. The place name dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was first listed as Mera. [2] Literally, the place name means "(place at) the pool or lake," from the Old English word "mere." [3] Alternatively, the surname could have originated at Mere in Wiltshire, a market-town and parish, and the head of a union, in the hundred of Mere. This parish was listed in the Domesday Book, but with the current spelling of Mere. [2] In this case, "the name of this place is derived from the Saxon word Mra, signifying bounds or limits, and indicates its situation on the borders of the counties of Wilts, Somerset, and Dorset. In 1253, permission was given by Henry III. to Richard, Earl of Cornwall, to build and fortify a castle on his manor of Mere, and the manor has ever since been attached to the duchy of Cornwall. " [4] The family was listed in the Roll of Battle Abbey as companions to William the Conqueror. "The descendants of this Norman knight occupied a prominent position in Staffordshire, in the time of the early Plantagenets. William de Mere occurs as High Sheriff of that county, temp. Edward II., and in the next reign, Peter de la Mere filled the Speaker's chair in the House of Commons. At an early period, the family possessed the manor of Maer, co. Stafford, and are also found resident at Norton, in the Moors. " [5]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meyer research. Another 315 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1453, 1477, 1544, 1379, 1467, 1550 and are included under the topic Early Meyer History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Meyer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Meyer family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 159 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Meyer family emigrate to North America:

Meyer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Adolf Meyer, who came to New York city in 1661
  • Christopher Meyer came to Delaware in 1693
  • Christopher Meyer, who landed in Delaware in 1693

Meyer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Abel Meyer, who arrived in New Jersey in 1709
  • Antony Meyer, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Arent Meyer, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Bartel Meyer, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Bastiaan Meyer, who landed in New York in 1709


Meyer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Caspar Meyer, who arrived in North America in 1832-1849
  • Ann Charlotte Meyer, who landed in New York, NY in 1840
  • Casper Meyer, aged 36, arrived in Missouri in 1844
  • Angelo Meyer, aged 27, arrived in Missouri in 1845
  • Auguste Meyer, who arrived in Galveston, Tex in 1846


Meyer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Dietrich Meyer, who landed in Alabama in 1918

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

Meyer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Ellis Meyer a teacher, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837
  • Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer, aged 24, arrived in South Australia in 1847 aboard the ship "Hermann von Beckerath"
  • Augustus Meyer, aged 24, a clerk, arrived in South Australia in 1848 aboard the ship "Pauline"
  • R.W. Meyer arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Steinwaerder"
  • Otto Meyer arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Malvina Vidal"

Meyer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Charles Meyer, aged 17, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849
  • Herbert Meyer, aged 18, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849

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  • Mrs. Leila Meyer, (ne 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
  • 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
  • Brigadier-General Vincent Meyer (1889-1974), American Member of Allied Control Council Berlin (1945)
  • Brigadier-General Henry John Dick Meyer (1899-1972), American Commanding Officer Artillery, 2nd Division (1946-1948)
  • Major-General George Ralph Meyer (1886-1961), American Commanding General Anti-Aircraft Command (1945-1946)
  • Cheryl Diaz Meyer, American reporter who co-won (with David Leeson) the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography
  • A. Leonard Meyer, American politician, Mayor of Phoenix, Arizona, 1888-89
  • Adolph Meyer (1842-1908), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Louisiana 1st District, 1891-1908
  • Agnes E. Meyer, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1924
  • Alvin P. Meyer, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Iowa 5th District, 1952

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  • Genealogy of the Meyers Family by I. Austin Meyers.
  • The Meyer Family: Master Potters of Texas by Georgeanna H. Greer.
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  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  5. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  3. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  4. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  6. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  7. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  8. 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.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  10. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
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The Meyer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Meyer 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.

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