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Myers Family History

Myers Name Meaning

Irish (Tipperary Limerick and Waterford): Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Meidhir ‘descendant of Meidhir’ with post-medieval excrescent -s. Meidhir is a personal name based on meidhir ‘mirth’. English (northern): variant of Myer with post-medieval excrescent -s. English (northern): habitational name from one or more of the minor placenames derived from Middle English mire ‘marsh’ (Old Norse mýrr) in the plural form such as Melmerby Mire in Melmerby or Mires in Docker (both Cumbria). Americanized form of German and Dutch Meyers or Mayers and also of Meyer or Mayer with excrescent -s.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Meyers, Mayers, Miers, Myer, Ayers, Moyers, Pyers, Juers, Byers

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Where is the Myers family from?

You can see how Myers families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Myers family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Myers families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 3,598 Myers families living in Yorkshire. This was about 43% of all the recorded Myers's in United Kingdom. Yorkshire had the highest population of Myers families in 1891.
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What did your Myers ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Myers. 9% of Myers men worked as a General Labourer and 66% of Myers women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Myers were Retired and Incapacitated. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Incapacitated
  • Builders Labourer
  • Retired

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Housewife
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Incapacitated
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There are 75,000 immigration records available for the last name Myers. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 224,000 military records available for the last name Myers. For the veterans among your Myers ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Myers lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Myers life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Myers in 1940 was 33, and 74 in 2004.

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