How to Pronounce Meier?

Correct pronunciation for the word "Meier" is [mˈa͡ɪə], [mˈa‍ɪə], [m_ˈaɪ_ə].

"Meier" in context

Meier is a prominent surname among German-speaking people, derived from the Middle High German word meier, meaning mayor, steward or bailiff. The earliest recorded instances of the surname are found in the Middle Ages, with references to a Johannes Meier recorded in Schleswig-Holstein in 1202 and a Claus Germainmeyere mentioned in 1232. The word "meier" is occupational in origin, referring to a person responsible for the administration of an estate. During the Middle Ages, such positions were held by powerful nobility and clergy, so bearing the moniker likely indicated a family's rank or background.

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