When John Messer was born in 1843, in Haywood, North Carolina, United States, his father, Joseph Messer, was 36 and his mother, Nancy Ensley, was 34. He lived in Jackson, North Carolina, United States in 1860. He died on 26 June 1862, at the age of 19.
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): metonymic occupational name for a cutler, from Middle High German mezzer ‘knife’, from Old High German mezzirahs, mezzisahs, a compound of maz ‘food, meat’ + sahs ‘knife, sword’. The Jewish name is from German Messer ‘knife’ or Yiddish meser.
Dutch: occupational name from Middle Dutch messer ‘cutler’, an agent derivative of meste ‘knife’.
German: occupational name for an official in charge of measuring the dues paid in kind by tenants, from an agent derivative of Middle High German mezzen ‘to measure’.
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