Myers History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Myers finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxons of England. It was given to one who 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 Myers held the office of Mayor. [1]

Early Origins of the Myers family

The surname Myers was 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. [2] Literally, the place name means "(place at) the pool or lake," from the Old English word "mere." [3] 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. [2] 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. " [4]

The family was listed in the Roll of Battle Abbey as companions to William the Conqueror. "The descendants of this Norman knight occupied a prominent position in Staffordshire, in the time of the early Plantagenets. William de Mere occurs as High Sheriff of that county, temp. Edward II., and in the next reign, Peter de la Mere filled the Speaker's chair in the House of Commons. At an early period, the family possessed the manor of Maer, co. Stafford, and are also found resident at Norton, in the Moors. " [5] For centuries the township of Lartington in the North Riding of Yorkshire belonged to the Maire family until the 16th century when it was passed by marriage to the Lawsons, of Brough. [4]

Important Dates for the Myers family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Myers research. Another 158 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1453, 1477, 1544, 1379, 1467, 1550 and are included under the topic Early Myers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Myers Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Myers has been recorded under many different variations, including Maire, Myer, Myers, Mair, Maires, Mayers, Meyers, Meire, Meir, Mere and many more.

Early Notables of the Myers family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Myers family to Ireland

Some of the Myers family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 85 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Myers migration to the United States

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Myers or a variant listed above:

Myers Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Myers, who landed in Maryland in 1740 [6]
  • Manuel Myers, who settled in New York in 1741
  • Manuel Myers, who landed in New York in 1759 [6]
  • Hyam Myers, who arrived in New York in 1759 [6]
Myers Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Johan Myers, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1813 [6]
  • Michael Myers, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1815 [6]
  • Exsavery Myers, who arrived in Maryland in 1825 [6]
  • George Myers, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1836 [6]
  • Godfrey Myers, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1837 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Myers migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Myers Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Andrew Myers U.E. who settled in Ontario c. 1784 [7]
  • Mr. Jacob Myers U.E. who settled in Parr Town, Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [7]
  • Mr. Michael Myers U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [7]
  • Mr. Reuben Myers U.E. who settled in Carleton, [Saint John West] New Brunswick c. 1784 [7]
  • Mr. Samuel Myers U.E. who settled in Parr Town, Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Myers Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Andrew Myers, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1835
  • David Myers, who arrived in Canada in 1841
  • Miss. Catherine Myers, aged 3 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Nerio" departing 5th August 1847 from Limerick, Ireland; the ship arrived on 28th September 1847 but she died on board [8]

Myers migration to Australia

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

Myers Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • David Myers, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [9]
  • Samuel Myers, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [10]
  • John Myers, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [11]
  • Israel Myers, a butcher, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Catherine Myers, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on December 14, 1835, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [12]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Myers migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Myers Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • G. H. Myers, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Mandarin" in 1841
  • Mr. Myers, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mandarin" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 21st May 1841 [13]
  • M. Myers, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1861
  • John Myers, aged 35, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864 [14]
  • Catherine Myers, aged 33, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864 [14]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Myers (post 1700)

  • Michael John "Mike" Myers OC (b. 1963), Canadian actor, comedian, screenwriter, and film producer from Scarborough, Ontario, known for his starring roles in the Wayne's World, Austin Powers, and the Shrek films
  • William James "Jim" Myers (1937-2017), known by his ring name George "The Animal" Steele, an American professional wrestler, school teacher, author and actor
  • Leonard Bernard Myers Jr. (1978-2017), American NFL football cornerback who played from 2001 to 2005
  • Hardy Myers (1939-2016), American lawyer and Democratic politician, 15th Attorney General of Oregon (1997-2009), 55th Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives (1979-1983)
  • Ernie Myers (1930-2016), American horse racing broadcaster at Del Mar racetrack
  • James A. "Jim" Myers (1921-2014), American football line coach and associated head coach with the Dallas Cowboys under Tom Landry
  • Brigadier-General Donald Johnson Myers (1893-1958), American Commanding General 40th Division (1945-1946) [15]
  • Lieutenant-General Charles Trovilla Myers (1900-1976), American Commanding General Northeast Air Command (1952-1954) [16]
  • Frank Joseph Myers, American country music singer, songwriter and record producer
  • Carmel Myers (1899-1980), American silent film actress
  • ... (Another 24 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Myers family

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. John Jameson Myers, British Assistant Saloon Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [17]
  • Mr. Frank Myers, British Assistant Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [17]
  • Captain James Patterson Myers (1885-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [17]
Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. James  Myers (1851-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [18]
  • Mr. Simon David  Myers (1879-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [18]
  • Mr. Asa Howard  Myers (1887-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [18]
  • Mr. Levi A.  Myers (1892-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [18]
HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. Henry William Myers (1923-1941), Australian Stoker 2nd Class from Bentleight, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [19]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Sidney C S Myers (b. 1921), English Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Twickenham, Middlesex, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [20]
  • Mr. Gordon W Myers (b. 1923), English Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Knutsford, Cheshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [20]
HMS Royal Oak
  • George Edward Myers (d. 1939), British Marine with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [21]
RMS Lusitania
  • Master William Ellason G. Myers, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Stratford, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [22]
  • Mr. Herman Abraham Myers, American 1st Class Passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [22]
  • Mr. Joseph Laurence Myers, American 1st Class Passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [22]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. James Gernie Myers, American Storekeeper First Class from Missouri, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [23]

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Citations

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  5. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  8. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 91)
  9. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  10. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  11. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  12. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1835 with 132 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1835
  13. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  14. ^ Archives New Zealand Micro 5019. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Alfred. Retrieved from http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ourstuff/Alfred1864.htm
  15. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2014, March 26) Donald Myers. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Myers/Donald_Johnson/USA.html
  16. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2014, March 26) Charles Myers. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Myers/Charles_Trovilla/USA.html
  17. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  18. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  19. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  20. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  21. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  22. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  23. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html
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