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Meir is a Jewish masculine given name and an occasional surname. It means "one who shines"[1] It is often Germanized or Anglicized as Mayer, Meyer, or Myer.[2] Notable people with the name include:

Given name:


  • Elchanan Meir (born 1936), Israeli psychologist
  • Gideon Meir, Israeli diplomat
  • Golda Meir (1898–1978), a founder of the modern State of Israel, Hebraicized from Meyerson
  • Jessica Meir, comparative physiology researcher and aquanaut
  • Nati Meir (born 1955), Romanian politician


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Anita Diamant, The New Jewish Baby Book: Names, Ceremonies, Customs: A Guide for Today's Families (Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Publishing, 1993).
  2. ^ Alfred J. Kolatch, These Are The Names (New York: Jonathan David Co., 1948), p. 157 and p. 160.