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

Meaning & History

From Middle High German meier meaning "bailiff, administrator", derived from Latin maior meaning "greater". Later it also denoted a tenant farmer. The spellings Meier and Meyer are more common in northern Germany while Maier and Mayer are more common in southern Germany.