a name of Hebrew origins, can be used as a first name for a male or as a surname.
early 2nd century, from the Hebrew male-oriented verb "one who sheds light", or "one who illuminates".
the closest English name equivalents (direct translation of meaning) of the name "Meir" are Luke (which means "bringer of light") and Lucas (a variation on the name Luke). More distant name equivalents are Robert and Xavier (both of which mean "bright light").
sometimes abbreviated to the nicknames Mike, or Iri.