Moyer Family History
Moyer Name Meaning
Americanized form of German Meyer or Mayer . French: status name for a sharecropper from an angent derivative of Old French moie ‘half’. In some cases also an Americanized form of Dutch Mooijer: surname associated with Maaijer an occupational name for a mower or reaper (see Maier ). However almost all bearers come from Volendam (North Holland) where the surname originated as Pooijer possibly a metonymic occupational name for a fisherman (peurder) or a nickname for someone carrying a ponjaard ‘dagger’. The surname was changed to Mooijer due to the connotation with Dutch pooier ‘bully fancy-man’.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022