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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.)


Early History of 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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Migration of the Meyler family to the New World and Oceana


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]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Meyler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Lewis Meyler, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1856 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Lewis Meyler settler in Mobile, Alabama in 1856

Meyler Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Edward Meyler, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1848 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Hooghly.htm
  • Elizabeth Meyler, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1848 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Hooghly.htm
  • Robert Meyler, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "British Sovereign" in 1850 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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

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

The Meyler Motto


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Amor patriae vincit
Motto Translation: Patriotism conquers.


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  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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