Meder Family Surname: Meder Last Name Meaning
by Amanda Linette Meder
The surname Meder is today known as a German surname meaning "from the Medes."
According to Ancestry.com, the majority of Meder families today are located in the US and Germany, primarily all descendent from German, Hungarian, and Bavarian areas. In the US, most Meders are today located in the New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio region.
The Meder name has many spellings and misspellings including: Mader, Mayder, Meader, Mieder, and Meador. These are all ways this name might be found in family or genealogical records.
The earliest record of the name Mede comes from Darius the Mede, listed as king of ancient Babylon in the Book of Daniel. The Medes, as they were known, then lived in an area known as Media, now northwestern Iran, between 1000 BC to around 900 BC.
Records of Medes can also be found in English family houses (though mostly spelled Meador in these cases), and some alternate historians explain of the origin of the word Mede as someone who makes Mead, mulled honey wine, instead, and not as a descendant of Darius the Mede or the Mede people from what is now modern day Iran.
So if the Medes are from Babylon, how did they get to Germany?
Migration west, likely due to a variety of all the normal reasons - religious exile, the search for habitable farmland, getting pushed out by other settlers also moving west, genocide, warfare, and so on.
Regardless of case, most modern day Meders today are of German, Hungarian or Bavarian Ancestry within the most recent past 400 years, with many Meders now living in the New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania regions, most having made those migrations made during and after the ethnic cleansing that occurred throughout the second world war.
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