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Meyer Family History

Meyer Name Meaning
German and Dutch: from Middle High German meier, a status name for a steward, bailiff, or overseer, which later came to be used also to denote a tenant farmer, which is normally the sense in the many compound surnames formed with this term as a second element. Originally it denoted a village headman (ultimately from Latin maior ‘greater’, ‘superior’).Jewish (Ashkenazic): from the Yiddish personal name Meyer (from Hebrew Meir ‘enlightener’, a derivative of Hebrew or ‘light’).Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Meidhir, from meidhir ‘mirth’.Danish: variant spelling of Meier 3.

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

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1,215,193 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
199,310 Military Records
288,778 Immigration Records
710,302 Census and Voter Lists
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Name Distribution of Meyer Families

  • Number of Meyer families
     2,029 - 4,056
     677 - 2,028
     1 - 676
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Meyer families
     257 - 512
     86 - 256
     1 - 85
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Meyer families
     8 - 13
     3 - 7
     1 - 2
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Meyer Family Origin

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Meyer Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Meyer

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Meyer Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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Meyer Civil War Service Records

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