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TypeSurname (from occupation)
UsageGerman
PronouncedPron.MIE-u
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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)
Entry updated July 2, 2017   Contribute