Myers History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Myers is a proud symbol of ancient Jewish culture. Before the late Middle Ages, people were known only by a single name. However, as the population increased and travelers set out on their journeys, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves.Two of the most common types of Jewish family names are patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. The name Myers is a Jewish Ashkenazic name that was originally derived from the Yiddish male given name Meyer. This personal name was in turn derived from the Hebrew name Meir, which means enlightener.

Myers World Ranking

In the United States, the name Myers is the 101st most popular surname with an estimated 206,421 people with that name. [1] However, in Canada, the name Myers is ranked the 459th most popular surname with an estimated 10,429 people with that name. [2] And in Newfoundland, Canada, the name Myers is the 620th popular surname with an estimated 73 people with that name. [3] Australia ranks Myers as 476th with 7,931 people. [4] The United Kingdom ranks Myers as 527th with 12,517 people. [5]


United States Myers migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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.)

Canada 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]

Australia 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
  • Mr. Andrew Myers, English convict who was convicted in Essex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Clyde" on 20th August 1830, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [12]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand 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) +

  • John Ripley Myers (1864-1899), American co-founder of Bristol-Myers Squibb in 1887 from Cleveland, Ohio
  • 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
  • Walter Dean Myers (1937-2014), American author of young adult books, winner of the Margaret Edwards Award (1994) and Michael L. Printz Award (2000)
  • Erik Myers (1980-2021), American comedian, actor, and writer from Columbia, Maryland
  • Samuel Lloyd Myers Sr. (1919-2021), American economist, university president, education adviser and civil rights advocate who oversaw Bowie State protests
  • 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
  • ... (Another 26 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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 [15]
  • Mr. Frank Myers, British Assistant Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [15]
  • 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 [15]
Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. James  Myers (1851-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [16]
  • Mr. Simon David  Myers (1879-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [16]
  • Mr. Asa Howard  Myers (1887-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [16]
  • Mr. Levi A.  Myers (1892-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [16]
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 [17]
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 [18]
  • 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 [18]
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 [19]
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 [20]
  • 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 [20]
  • Mr. Joseph Laurence Myers, American 1st Class Passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [20]
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 [21]


Suggested Readings for the name Myers +

  • A Tale of Two Families: a Biographical Genealogy of the Meyers and Sparhawk Families by Dorothy Hermanne Brathwaite.
  • Sam Myers, 1805-1883 and Lydia Horner, 1833-1907: their Ancestors and Descendants by Forrest D. Myers.

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  2. ^ https://forebears.io/surnames/
  3. ^ The order of Common Surnames in 1955 in Newfoundland retrieved on 20th October 2021 (retrieved from Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland by E.R. Seary corrected edition ISBN 0-7735-1782-0)
  4. ^ https://forebears.io/australia/surnames
  5. ^ https://www.surnamemap.eu/unitedkingdom/surnames_ranking.php?p=10
  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. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 19th February 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/clyde
  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. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  16. ^ 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
  17. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  18. ^ 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
  19. ^ 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
  20. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  21. ^ 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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