Meyer (surname)

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This article is about the surname and a list of people with the surname. For other uses, see Meyer.
Not to be confused with Meier. ‹See Tfd›
Family name
Region of origin England, Germany
Related names (see below)

Meyer is a surname of English origin, many branches of the Meyer family trace their origins to ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name is derived from the Old English name maire, meaning Mayor, or an officer in charge of legal matters.[1]

The surname can also be of German and Jewish origin deriving from the German word "meiger", meaning Mayor, the name likely traces its origins to a wealthy landholder. Among German Jews, "Meyer" converged with the etymologically unconnected name "Meir", which is derived from Hebrew.


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