Mayer Family History

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Mayer Name Meaning

English: status name for a mayor, Middle English, Old French mair(e) (from Latin maior ‘greater’, ‘superior’; compare Mayor). In France the title denoted various minor local officials, and the same is true of Scotland (see Mair 1). In England, however, the term was normally restricted to the chief officer of a borough, and the surname may have been given not only to a citizen of some standing who had held this office, but also as a nickname to a pompous or officious person. German and Dutch: variant of Meyer 1. Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Meyer 2.

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

Similar surnames: Meyer, Mayor, Layer, Maser, Sayer, Majer, Mader, Hayer, Maier, Mager

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Mayer Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Mayer name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Mayer. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • European Jewish


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Mayer Family Origin

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Mayer Family Occupations

What did your Mayer ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Coal Miner, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Mayer. The most common Mayer occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 7% of Mayer's were Coal Miners. A less common occupation for the Mayer family was Butcher.

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  • Coal Miner

  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Butcher


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Mayer ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Mayer Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 272,000 census records available for the last name Mayer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Mayer census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 88,000 immigration records available for the last name Mayer. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 115,000 military records available for the last name Mayer. For the veterans among your Mayer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Mayer Life Expectancy

What is the average Mayer lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Mayer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Mayer in 1940 was 74, and 77 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Mayer ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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