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origins of Moyer
Posted by: Eleanor Hulme (ID *****0460) Date: August 24, 2007 at 19:15:59
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My mother's maiden name is Moyer and I have never been able to pinpoint the origins of the name. My grandfather tells me that it's Irish and his aunt tells me it's German. I don't have any info yet on the country of origin of my Moyers. I found an interesting bit of history on the internet explaining possible origins of the name--according to my source, the name Moyer is Yiddish. The Moyers were a Jewish family that worked for the English Penn family (read: Pennsylvania) for many years as stewards. When the Penn family were sent to Ireland in the 17th century and given property there, the Moyers went with them. It makes sense because my Moyer family originally came from Pennysylvania. I have never heard of any of my family being Jewish but of course people might have converted and hidden the past since it hasn't always been popular to be Jewish.


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