All I know is that it is German and in Germany it is pronounced to rhyme with beer. Otherwise rhymes with Meyer.
~Randi Elizabeth~

This message was edited 7/19/2006, 10:53 AM

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It is my maiden name and is pron. "buyer." Previous poster is correct in the meaning/origin. It goes back to Celtic tribes, the Boii that were displaced by Germanic tribes, Boioarii or Baiuarii. The region of Bavaria was named for these tribes.
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A a German surname it sounds like "buyer". It is usually spelt BAYER and originally meant someone from Bavaria.
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