Type Surname (from occupation)
Usage German
Pronounced Pron. MIE-u  [key·IPA]

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 & CulturesMeijer(Dutch) Mayer, Myers(English) Lemaire(French) Merino(Spanish)
Same SpellingMeyer 2


Entry updated June 13, 2019