First name origins & meanings:
- English: Headman, mayor
- Hebrew: One who brightens
- Latin: Great
- German: A farmer
First name variations: Meir, Meier, Mayr, Myer, Mayor, Myerson, Mayer, Mayeer, Mayer, Meier, Myer
Last name origins & meanings:
- 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
māior ‘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
- Danish: variant spelling of
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