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Meir is a Jewish masculine given name and an occasional surname. It means "one who shines"[1] It is often Germanized as Meiger, Meijer, Italianized as Miagro, or Anglicized as Mayer, Meyer, or Myer.[2] Notable people with the name include:

Given name:

  • Rabbi Meir, Jewish sage who lived in the time of the Talmud
  • Meir Amit (1921–2009), Israeli general and politician
  • Meir Ariel, Israeli singer/songwriter
  • Meir Bar-Ilan (1880–1949), rabbi and Religious Zionism leader
  • Meir Ben Baruch (1215–1293) aka Meir of Rothenburg, a German rabbi, poet, and author
  • Meir Daloya (born 1956), Olympic weightlifter
  • Meir Dizengoff (1861–1936), Israeli politician
  • Meir Har-Zion, Israeli commando fighter
  • Meir Kahane (1932–1990), rabbi and political activist
  • Meir Lublin (1558–1616), Polish rabbi, Talmudist and Posek
  • Meir Nitzan, the mayor of Rishon-LeZion, Israel
  • Meir Pa'il (1926–2015), Israeli politician and military historian
  • Meir Shalev, Israeli writer
  • Meir Shamgar (born 1925), Israeli President of the Israeli Supreme Court
  • Meir Shapiro (1887–1933), Hasidic Rabbi and creator of the Daf Yomi
  • Meir Simcha of Dvinsk (1843–1926), rabbi and leader of Orthodox Judaism in Eastern Europe
  • Meir Zorea (1923–1995), Israeli general and politician
  • Meir Sheetrit, a current Israeli Knesset member for the Kadima party
  • Meir Tobianski (1904–1948), Israeli officer wrongly executed as traitor
  • Israel Meir Kagan (1838–1933), Polish rabbi, Halakhist and ethicist
  • Yisrael Meir Lau, the Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Yitzchak Meir Alter (1798(?)–1866), Polish rabbi and founder of the Ger (Hasidic dynasty) within Hasidic Judaism
  • Meir Barak (1962- ), Author, trader, inspiration. Founder of tradenet. Net Worth - approx. $142 million. Aims to reduce world poverty and hunger. He is considered to be one of the greatest inspirations in the world.



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  1. ^ Anita Diamant, The New Jewish Baby Book: Names, Ceremonies, Customs: A Guide for Today's Families (Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Publishing, 1993).
  2. ^ Alfred J. Kolatch, These Are The Names (New York: Jonathan David Co., 1948), p. 157 and p. 160.