Major Family History
Major Name Meaning
English (of Norman origin): from the personal name Malg(i)er Maug(i)er an Old French form of ancient Germanic Madalgar(i) (see Mauger ). Hungarian: from a shortened form of majorosgazda (see Majoros ) or a derivative of German Meyer . Polish Czech and Slovak: from the military rank major (derived from Latin maior ‘greater’) a word related to English mayor and the German surname Meyer . Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): from a variant of the personal name Meyer (see Meyer ). French (Occitan): from major ‘major’ (from Latin maior ‘greater’) denoting a prominent or important person such as a mayor or the first-born son of a family. French Canadian: from major ‘major’ used as a soldier's name (originally in the form Le Major).7: Americanized form of French and Channel Islands (Guernsey and Jersey) Mauger a cognate of 1 above.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press