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Maier Name Meaning

German and Dutch: variant spelling of Mayer 2. This surname is also established in Italy. Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant spelling of Meyer 2.

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


Similar surnames: Meier, Mayer, Majer, Mauer, Maler, Mair, Baier, Mager, Mazer, Maser

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Where is the Maier family from?

You can see how Maier families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Maier family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Maier families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 5 Maier families living in New York. This was about 63% of all the recorded Maier's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Maier families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Maier surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Maier ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Maier. 15% of Maier men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Maier women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Maier were Clerk and Housekeeper.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    15%
  • Laborer
    10%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
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Census Records

There are 52,000 census records available for the last name Maier. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Maier census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 26,000 immigration records available for the last name Maier. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 50,000 military records available for the last name Maier. For the veterans among your Maier ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Maier lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Maier life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Maier in 1941 was 44, and 78 in 2004.

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