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Meaning and Origin of: Meyer

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First name origins & meanings:

  • English : Headman, mayor
  • Hebrew : One who brightens
  • Latin : Great
  • German : A farmer

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Last name origin & meaning:

  • German and Dutch : from Middle High German meier, a status name for a steward, bailiff, or overseer, which later came to be used also to denote a tenant farmer, which is normally the sense in the many compound surnames formed with this term as a second element. Originally it denoted a village headman (ultimately from Latin māior ‘greater’, ‘superior’).
  • Jewish (Ashkenazic) : from the Yiddish personal name Meyer (from Hebrew Meir ‘enlightener’, a derivative of Hebrew or ‘light’).
  • Irish : Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Meidhir, from meidhir ‘mirth’.
  • Danish : variant spelling of Meier 3.