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Where did the English Meyer family come from? What is the English Meyer family crest and coat of arms? When did the Meyer family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Meyer family history?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. 
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.  Literally, the place name means "(place at) the pool or lake," from the Old English word "mere."  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.  In this case, "the name of this place is derived from the Saxon word Mæra, 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. " 
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 and 1550 are included under the topic Early Meyer History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Meyer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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.
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
Meyer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Meyer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Meyer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Meyer Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Meyer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Meyer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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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