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


Similar surnames: Meier, Mayer, Heyer, Moyer, Neyer, Meyers, Meer, Seyer, Geyer, Beyer

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Meyer Family Origin

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Meyer Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    36%
  • Laborer

    4%
  • Student

    4%
  • Carpenter

    3%

In 1881, the most common Meyer occupation in Canada was Farmer. 36% of Meyer's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Meyer family was Carpenter. Farmer, Laborer and Student were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Meyer.

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United States

Between 1941 and 2004, Meyer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Meyer in 1941 was 33, and 78 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Meyer

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