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What does Mayer mean?

Mayer Pronunciation of Mayer [may-er] as a boys' name is pronounced MYE-er. It is of German, Hebrew and Latin origin, and the meaning of Mayer is "farmer; bright, shining; larger". Latin version of Major. Banker Mayer Rothschild.

Associated with: farmer.


Mayer has 4 variants: Maier, Meir, Meyer and Myer.

2 more related forms via Major: Majer and Mayor.

Creative forms:
(male) Macer, Marer, ..

(female) Mayeri, Maymer, ..

Middle name pairings:
Mayer Jan (M.J.), ..

How popular is Mayer?

Mayer is a rare given name for males but a very popular surname for all people (#803 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Major (#360 in recent rankings), Meir (#1249), Meyer (#1999) and Myer are the prominent related forms of Mayer (outside Top 2000) appearing in the Top 2000. Other variants, like Mayor, are seldom used. Usage of these relations of Mayer is more pronounced presently (adoption of 0.1%), except for the form Meyer which has become less fashionable. Major has been the overall favorite. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Similar Names

Mayer is pronounced similarly to Mar, Mar-, Marr, Mayeer, Meier, More and Muir. Other recommended names are Baker, Bayler, Dayner, Dwyer, Dyer, Faber, Fajer, Fryer, Gaer, Gayler, Gayner, Hayder, Jader, Lawyer, Lazer, Mace, Maceo, Macey, Magee, Mahir, Majed, Makar, Malek, Marek, Mareo, Marmer, Mateo, Mather, Maxey, Maybery (see Mabry), Mayes, Mayhew, Mayne, Maynor, Mayo, Mays, Mazor, Miner, Nader, Naser, Rafer, Rayder, Rayner, Royer, Saber, Sawyer, Sayer, Taber, Tayber, Tayler and Thayer. Like Mayer, these names are not commonly used.

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