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Bayer Name Meaning

German Scandinavian and Jewish (Ashkenazic): habitational name for someone from Bavaria (German Bayern). This region of southern Germany derives its name from that of the Celtic tribe of the Boii who once inhabited this area. They were displaced in the 6th century AD by an ancient Germanic people the Boioarii or Baiuarii whose name is derived from that of their Celtic predecessors. This surname is also found in France (Alsace and Lorraine) Hungary Czechia Slovakia and Poland. Compare Beyer and Payer . English (Lincolnshire): occupational name for a maker of baize cloth from an agent derivative of Old French baies Middle English bayes (from the adjective bai ‘reddish-brown bay’) probably so called because of its original color. This material was said to have been introduced into Britain by immigrants from France and the Netherlands in the 16th century but the word certainly appears much earlier in English. The surname may also be topographic denoting a ‘dweller by the bend’ from an agent derivative of Old English bēag ‘bend’. Dutch: variant of Baijer a cognate of 1 above.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Baer, Layer, Hayer, Bader, Bauer, Baker, Boyer, Mayer, Brayer, Beyer

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You can see how Bayer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bayer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bayer families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 140 Bayer families living in Quebec. This was about 44% of all the recorded Bayer's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Bayer families in 1911.
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What did your Bayer ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Bayer. 29% of Bayer men worked as a Farmer and 50% of Bayer women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bayer were Laborer and Journalier. .

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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 1921

  • Farmer
  • Cultivateur
  • Journalier
  • Laborer

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Housekeeper
  • Stenographer
  • Servante
  • Journalier
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There are 37,000 military records available for the last name Bayer. For the veterans among your Bayer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Bayer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Bayer in 1942 was 38, and 79 in 2004.

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