Meyler History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

After the forces of Strongbow invaded Ireland they discovered that the Irish had their own system of hereditary surnames. Although the two naming systems had many similarities, occupational surnames, such as Meyler were much more common to the Anglo-Norman culture of the Strongbownians. Occupational surnames were derived from a word describing the actual job done by the initial name bearer. The prefix le, meaning the, in French was often used by the early Strongbownians to link a person's first and name and surname. Eventually these prefixes were dropped or became fused onto the beginning of the surname. The surname came from a common occupational name for an enameler. The surname Meyler is derived from the Old French word esmaileur, which has this meaning. The name Meyler is also occasionally derived from the Welsh personal name Meilyr, which was Maglorix in Old Welsh. The Gaelic forms of the surname Meyler are Maoilir and Mac Maoilir.

Early Origins of the Meyler family

The surname Meyler was first found in Wales. One of the first recorded ancestors bearing this name was Nicholas Meyler, Canon of St. David's in South Wales in 1202.

We know that at least one branch of the family accompanied Strongbow, Earl of Pembroke on his invasion of Ireland in 1172. There, settling in Wexford, some of the family adopted the Gaelic of Maoilir, and some even became MacMeyler and McMeyler.

George Meyler and Walter Meyler where notables of this branch at Tincurry, Wexford. Meanwhile, a branch of the family settled in Shropshire, where Henry and Walter Meyler were registered in 1273.

Meyler de Bermingham (d. before 1275) was an Anglo-Irish lord, founder of Athenry. Meyler was a great-grandson of Robert de Bermingham who is thought to have obtained a grant of Offaly from Strongbow or Henry II about 1172.

While his surname was in fact, de Bermingham, it is significant to note the early use of Meyler as a forename. Myler of Tethmoy, who died in 1211, was the son of Robert of Tethmoy, ( fl. 1172.)

Important Dates for the Meyler family

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Meyler Spelling Variations

A single person's name was often spelt simply as it sounded by medieval scribes and church officials. An investigation into the specific origins the name Meyler has revealed that such a practice has resulted in many spelling variations over the years. A few of its variants include: Meyler, Mailer, Mailler, Mayler, Meiler, Meiller, Maylor, MacMeyler, McMeyler, McMailor, McMeiler, Meilir and many more.

Early Notables of the Meyler family (pre 1700)

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Meyler migration to the United States

Ireland went through one of the most devastating periods in its history with the arrival of the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. Many also lost their lives from typhus, fever and dysentery. And poverty was the general rule as tenant farmers were often evicted because they could not pay the high rents. Emigration to North America gave hundreds of families a chance at a life where work, freedom, and land ownership were all possible. For those who made the long journey, it meant hope and survival. The Irish emigration to British North America and the United States opened up the gates of industry, commerce, education and the arts. Early immigration and passenger lists have shown many Irish people bearing the name Meyler:

Meyler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Meyler, who settled in Virginia in 1705
  • John Meyler, who landed in Virginia in 1705 [1]
Meyler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Lewis Meyler, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1856 [1]
  • Lewis Meyler settler in Mobile, Alabama in 1856

Meyler migration to Australia

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

Meyler Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Edward Meyler, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1848 [2]
  • Elizabeth Meyler, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1848 [2]
  • Robert Meyler, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "British Sovereign" in 1850 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Meyler (post 1700)

  • Bernadette Meyler, American professor at the Carl and Sheila Spaeth Professor of Law at Stanford Law School
  • Katie Ann Meyler (b. 1982), American activist who is the founder of the More Than Me Foundation
  • Fintan Meyler (1929-2005), Irish actress on stage, on television, and in films
  • John Meyler (b. 1956), Irish hurling manager and former selector, association footballer, Gaelic footballer, hurler and current manager
  • David John Meyler (b. 1989), Irish professional footballer
  • Hugh Mowbray Meyler CBE DSO MC (1875-1929), British Liberal Party politician from Taunton, Somerset

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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. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Hooghly.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque BRITISH SOVEREIGN 1850, 521 tons. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850BritishSovereign.htm
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