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What does Maier mean?

Maier Pronunciation of Maier [maier] as a boys' name means "farmer; bright, shining; larger". Maier is an alternate spelling of Mayer (German, Hebrew, Latin): Latin variation of Major.

Associated with: farmer, bright.


Maier has 3 variants: Meir, Meyer and Myer.

Creative forms:
(male) Maierd, Moier, ..

(female) Maie, Maieri, ..

Middle name pairings:
Maier Darius (M.D.), ..

How popular is Maier?

Maier is an uncommonly occurring given name for men but a very prominent last name for all people (#2385 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Meir (#1249 last year), Meyer (#1999) and Myer are the popular varying forms of Maier (not ranked) appearing in the Top 2000. Adoption of these forms of Maier was more pronounced during the years 1910-1919 (average #1116) and has become much diminished since, with the form Meyer becoming less trendy. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Meir, Meyer, Myer in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Maier and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Maier is pronounced similarly to Mar, Mar-, Marr, Mayeer, Mayor, Meier, More and Muir. Other suggested similar names are Bailer, Baker, Faber, Fajer, Gaer, Gainer, Haider, Havier, Jader, Javier, Kaiser, Lanier, Lazer, Mace, Maceo, Macey, Magee, Mahir, Maik, Maither, Majed, Majer, Major, Makar, Malek, Marek, Mareo, Mariner, Marmer, Mateo, Mather, Maxey, Maxie, Mayes, Mazor, Miner, Nader, Nailer, Napier, Naser, Ogier, Osier, Rafer, Rainer, Ranier, Saber, Sayer, Taber, Tailer, Tanier, Xavier and Zavier. These names tend to be more frequently used than Maier.

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