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Origins Available: German, Scottish


The Moyer surname in Scotland is thought to have been a topographic name for someone who resided near a moor, or heath.

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The surname Moyer was first found in Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland, where they held a family seat from early times.The family name Moyer first appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Moir, Moar, Moer, Moyer, Moyr and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Moyer research. Another 257 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 18 J, 1636, 1644, 1st , 1610, 1644, 1st , 1862, 1933, 1894, 1957, 1925, 1998, 1955, 1609, 1683, 1653, 1610, 1644, 1st and 1636 are included under the topic Early Moyer History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 57 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Moyer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Moyer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Thomas Moyer, who landed in New York in 1664
  • Allen Moyer, who arrived in Maryland in 1665

Moyer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Caspar Moyer, aged 32, landed in Pennsylvania in 1736
  • Caspar Moyer, whose Oath of Allegiance was recorded in Pennsylvania in 1736
  • Daniel Moyer, aged 28, landed in Pennsylvania in 1736
  • Johannis Moyer, aged 48, landed in Pennsylvania in 1736
  • Henrick Moyer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743


Moyer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Jacob Moyer, who arrived in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1838
  • Conrad Moyer, who arrived in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1841
  • Philip Moyer, who arrived in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • H Moyer, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850
  • Elva Moyer, aged 4, who landed in America, in 1892


Moyer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Hienrich Moyer, aged 45, who landed in America from Osterbruch, in 1900
  • Charles Moyer, aged 11, who emigrated to the United States from Liverpool, in 1902
  • Charles Howard Moyer, who landed in America, in 1904
  • David Moyer, aged 35, who settled in America from Uszlokna, Germany, in 1908
  • Gertrude Moyer, aged 34, who emigrated to America, in 1910


Moyer Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century


  • C. H. Cecil Moyer, aged 28, who settled in Ottawa, Canada, in 1914
  • Harold Moyer, aged 24, who settled in Canada, in 1918

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  • Paul Moyer (b. 1961), former professional American football player
  • John Moyer (b. 1975), American football defensive lineman
  • John Moyer (b. 1973), American musician, bassist for the band Disturbed
  • Kenneth Wayne Moyer (b. 1966), former professional American football player
  • Charles Edward Moyer (1885-1962), pitcher in Major League Baseball
  • Donald R. Moyer (1930-1951), American decorated soldier in the United States Army during the Korean War
  • Frederick Moyer (b. 1957), American concert pianist
  • Tawny Moyer (b. 1958), American actress who starred in film and in television
  • Kermit Moyer (b. 1943), American author
  • John Gould Moyer (1893-1976), United States Navy Rear admiral, and the 31st Governor of American Samoa

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  • History of our Moyer,Finn, Sutton, Russell & Related Families by William Finn Moyer.
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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: Mediocriter
Motto Translation: With moderation.

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  1. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  5. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
  6. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  7. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  10. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
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The Moyer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Moyer 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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