Meyer Family History

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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 Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Meyer name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Meyer. 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


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Meyer Family Origin

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Meyer Family Occupations

What did your Meyer ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Annuitant, Tailor and Boot Maker were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Meyer. The most common Meyer occupation in the UK was Annuitant. 3% of Meyer's were Annuitants. A less common occupation for the Meyer family was Cabinet Maker.

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  • Annuitant

  • Tailor

  • Boot Maker

  • Cabinet Maker


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

Meyer Historical Records

What Meyer family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 741,000 census records available for the last name Meyer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Meyer 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 307,000 immigration records available for the last name Meyer. 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 220,000 military records available for the last name Meyer. For the veterans among your Meyer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Meyer Life Expectancy

What is the average Meyer lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, 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.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Meyer 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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