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Origins Available: German, Irish


The surname Wyer has a few possible origins. The name may be toponymic, from a place name near which the original bearer lived or held land. Place names which could have inspired the surname Wyer could be Weier, Weiher, Wieren, and Weyer in Germany or Wierum in Holland. Or the surname could be locative, from a geographical feature near where the bearer resided. In either case, the name would be derived from the Middle German word "weiher" meaning "a pond or still water" or from the old German water-word "wir." The surname Wyer may also be patronymic, from the first name of the father of the initial bearer. In this case, the surname Wyer would come from the personal name Wigheri, stemming from "weihen" meaning "holy."

Wyer Early Origins



The surname Wyer was first found in Westphalia, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families in the western region. From the 13th century onwards the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation. Haintz Weyer from Heudorf was recorded in Riedlingen in 1434, and Magdalena zum Weiher, widow of Erasmus zum Wiger, in Freiburg in 1572. A shoemaker named Martin Weyermann was mentioned in documents of 1644.

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Wyer Spelling Variations


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Wyer Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Weyer, Weyher, Wier, Weyhe, Weyier, van der Weyer, van den Weyer, Weye, Weyers, Wyers, Wyer, Wiermann and many more.

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Wyer Early History


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Wyer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wyer research. Another 151 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1580, 1640, 1621, 1596, 1666, 1610, 1670, 1620, 1690 and 1842 are included under the topic Early Wyer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wyer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wyer Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wyer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wyer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Martha Wyer, who arrived in New Hampshire in 1719
  • Archibald Wyer, who settled in New Hampshire in 1721
  • John Wyer, who arrived in America in 1755

Wyer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Wyer, who sailed to New Orleans in 1820
  • David Wyer, who arrived in New Orleans in 1821
  • Edward Wyer, who landed in New York in 1821

Wyer Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. David Wyer U.E. born in Falmouth, Maine, USA who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he was a Shipmaster as well as an Officer Customs and part of the Penobscot Association [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Mr. John Wyer U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 member of the Cape Ann Association [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Mr. Thomas Wyer U.E. born in Falmouth, Maine, USA who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 member of the Penobscot Association, he Graduated from Harvard [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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

Wyer Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Peter Wyer, who immigrated to Quebec in 1823

Wyer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Henry Wyer, aged 38, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wyer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wyer (post 1700)



  • William W. Wyer, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Maine 3rd District, 1913
  • Edward Wyer, American politician, U.S. Consul in Riga, 1813-17; Hamburg, 1817-21
  • John Wyer (1909-1989), American automobile racing engineer and team manager
  • Russell Wyer, Australian rugby league player
  • Reginald Wyer (1898-1970), British cinematographer

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  1. ^ 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

Other References

  1. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
  2. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
  3. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
  4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  6. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
  7. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
  8. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
  9. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  10. 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).
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The Wyer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wyer 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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