Last name origins & meanings:
- English: status name for a mayor, Middle English, Old French
mair(e) (from Latin maior ‘greater’, ‘superior’; compare
Mayor). In France the title denoted various minor local
officials, and the same is true of Scotland (see Mair 1). In
England, however, the term was normally restricted to the chief
officer of a borough, and the surname may have been given not only to
a citizen of some standing who had held this office, but also as a
nickname to a pompous or officious person.
- German and
Dutch: variant of Meyer 1.
- Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of
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