Last name origins & meanings:
- Scottish: occupational name for an officer of the courts whose
functions resembled those of an English beadle (i.e. a minor official
who dealt with petty offenders) and who was known as a mair.
Compare Mayer 1. Reaney remarks that this title was used not
only of the king’s herald or sergeant but also of such officers as a
- Jewish: variant of Meyer 2.
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