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Mayer Family History

Mayer Name Meaning
English: status name for a mayor, Middle English, Old French mair(e) (from Latin maior ‘greater’, ‘superior’; compare Mayor). In France the title denoted various minor local officials, and the same is true of Scotland (see Mair 1). In England, however, the term was normally restricted to the chief officer of a borough, and the surname may have been given not only to a citizen of some standing who had held this office, but also as a nickname to a pompous or officious person.German and Dutch: variant of Meyer 1.Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Meyer 2.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Mayer Families

  • Number of Mayer families
     820 - 1,638
     274 - 819
     1 - 273
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Mayer families
     329 - 655
     110 - 328
     1 - 109
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Mayer families
     8 - 13
     3 - 7
     1 - 2
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Mayer Family Origin

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Mayer Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Mayer

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Mayer Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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