Last name: MEYER

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MEYER : This last name is indexed 2,510,923 times on Geneanet!

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MEYER : 1: German and Swiss German: 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’). This form of the surname is also established in France (mainly Alsace and Lorraine); see also 3 below. Compare Maier Mayer Meier and Myer.2: Jewish (Ashkenazic): from the Yiddish personal name Meyer from Hebrew Meir ‘enlightener’ a derivative of or ‘light’ with the prefix m-. Compare Maier Majer Major Mayer Mayor Meier and Meir.3: Dutch: variant also Flemish and Americanized of Meijer a cognate of 1 above. This surname is also established in South Africa where it was also brought from France (see 1 above).4: English: variant of Mayer.5: Danish: variant of Meier 3.

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