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Meier Name Meaning

German, Dutch, Czech, Slovak (Majer), and Polish: status name for a tenant farmer, steward, overseer, or village headman, a variant spelling of German Meyer 1. Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant spelling of the personal name Meyer (see Meyer 2). Danish: occupational name from meiere ‘reaper’, ‘harvester’.

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


Similar surnames: Meyer, Maier, Heier, Geier, Mier, Zeier, Beier, Meer, Neier, Spier

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Where is the Meier family from?

You can see how Meier families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Meier family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Meier families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 41 Meier families living in Ontario. This was about 33% of all the recorded Meier's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Meier families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Meier surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Meier ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Meier. 73% of Meier men worked as a Farmer and 22% of Meier women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Meier were Laborer and Waitress.

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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
    73%
  • Labourer
    8%
  • Engineer
    7%
  • Laborer
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Clerk
    22%
  • Housekeeper
    22%
  • Servant
    15%
  • Waitress
    15%
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What Meier family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 106,000 census records available for the last name Meier. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Meier 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 81,000 immigration records available for the last name Meier. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 55,000 military records available for the last name Meier. For the veterans among your Meier ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Meier lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Meier life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Meier in 1942 was 33, and 77 in 2004.

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