Note that the surname Major was pronounced May-er or Mai-er. Thus the names Major, Mayer, Meyer and Maier are all very similar and in some cases may have been used interchangeably by someone not familiar with the correct spelling of the surname. This is particularly true for Germans from Russia with the surname Major who immigrated to the United States. In some cases, the immigrants’ surnames were spelled differently upon their arrival, and they never changed the spelling back to the original Major. If you are looking for Major, Maier or Meyer relatives, you should check all spellings of the surname.


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