Meyer zum Pfeil
was a prosperous Swiss patrician
and noble family from Basel
. It appears in Basel in the 15th century and is one of Basel's oldest patrician families, and dominated the city for several centuries together with a handful of other patrician families. The family were prominent merchants, especially cloth merchants
, and many family members have served as council members and Mayors of Basel. The family name is derived from the arrow
in its coat of arms
. Family members used the noble honorific Junker
already at the time the family appeared in Basel.