The ancestral home of the Meyersohn family is in the German state of Bavaria
. The name Meyersohn 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 Meyersohn family
The surname Meyersohn 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.
Early History of the Meyersohn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meyersohn research.Another 573 words (41 lines of text) covering the years 1857, 1849, 1653, 1725, 1363, 1400, 1643, 1847, 1786, 1618, 1689, 1650, 1712, 1646, 1712, 1760, 1832, 1763, 1845, 1786, 1870, 1825, 1898, 1653 and 1713 are included under the topic Early Meyersohn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Meyersohn Spelling Variations
In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians
spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations
of the name Meyersohn include Mayer, Maier, Meyer, Meier, Mayr, Meyr, Myer and many more.
Early Notables of the Meyersohn family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the name Meyersohn 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... Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Meyersohn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Meyersohn family to the New World and Oceana
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 Meyersohn surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Hans Mayer, who was the first bearer of this name to arrive in the New World. He came to Lancaster, Pa. in 1709. During the next 150 years, close to five hundred
bearers of this name came to North America, most arriving in Philadelphia between 1730 and 1760.