Origin of the Name Meyer
The origin of the name Meyer
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Variants of Meyer include Mair, Maire and Mayor. Meyer is an occupational name meaning 'the mayor', from a person who held this position. This name is of English descent and is found in many ancient manuscripts in the above country. Examples of such are a Ricardus Mayre, who was recorded in the 'Poll Tax', of the West Riding of Yorkshire, in the year 1379 and a Willemus Mayre, who was also recorded in the same year in this ancient document.
Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for their overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired land by either force or gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. It was by creating, maintaining and updating these reference books that they were able to maintain their authority and enforce laws.
In Ireland Meyer is often derived from the native Gaelic O'Meidhir Sept of County Clare, who also anglicized their name as Meere. It can also be of immigrant origin, having been introduced by settlers from England , France and Germany .
The Meyer coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Meyer descendants.