When Clara Erb Moyer was born on 28 March 1867, in Illinois, United States, her father, Michael E. Moyer, was 37 and her mother, Abbigale F. Neitz, was 30. She married Albert Henry Goodwin on 18 May 1893, in Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. She lived in Manhattan, Will, Illinois, United States for about 10 years. She died on 18 November 1898, in Will, Illinois, United States, at the age of 31, and was buried in Elwood, Will, Illinois, United States.
Americanized form of German Meyer or Mayer .
French: status name for a sharecropper, from an angent derivative of Old French moie ‘half’.
In some cases also an Americanized form of Dutch Mooijer: surname associated with Maaijer, an occupational name for a mower or reaper (see Maier ). However, almost all bearers come from Volendam (North Holland), where the surname originated as Pooijer, possibly a metonymic occupational name for a fisherman (peurder) or a nickname for someone carrying a ponjaard ‘dagger’. The surname was changed to Mooijer due to the connotation with Dutch pooier ‘bully, fancy-man’.