Surname MEYER (1)

SOURCE: Occupation
USAGE: German
PRONOUNCED: MIE-u  [details]

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

VARIANTS: Maier, Mayer, Meier
Entry updated July 2, 2017