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Type Surname (from occupation)
Usage German
Pronounced Pron. MIE-u

Meaning & History

From the Middle High German word meier meaning "higher, superior". It was used for landholder's stewards or great farmers or leaseholders (nowadays a Meier is a dairy farmer). Meier and Meyer are used more often in northern Germany while Maier and Mayer are used in southern Germany.

Related Names

VariantsMaier, Mayer, Meier
Same SpellingMeyer (2)
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