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Where did the English Makeham family come from? What is the English Makeham family crest and coat of arms? When did the Makeham family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Makeham family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Markham, Marcham, Markam, Markem and others.

First found in Nottinghamshire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Makeham research. Another 231 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1120, 1777, 1250, 1479, 1644, 1690, 1678, 1679, 1678, 1568 and 1637 are included under the topic Early Makeham History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 151 words(11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Makeham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Makeham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 69 words(5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Thomas and Susan Markham settled in Virginia in 1636; Robert Markham settled in Virginia in 1606; before the "Mayflower"; John Markham settled in Virginia in 1638.

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Mitis et audax
Motto Translation: Mitis et audax

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  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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  10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
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The Makeham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Makeham Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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