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

Related Names

VariantsMaier, Mayer, Meier
Other Languages & CulturesMayer, Myers(English) Lemaire(French)
Same SpellingMeyer (2)

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