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


Spelling variations of this family name include: Mead, Meade, Meades and others.

First found in Somerset 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mead research. Another 171 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1630, 1699, 1673, 1754 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Mead History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 89 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mead Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Mead family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 45 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mead Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • William Mead, who landed in Massachusetts in 1635
  • John Mead settled in Virginia in 1636
  • Gabriel Mead, who arrived in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1638
  • Jon Mead, who landed in Virginia in 1642
  • Robt Mead, who landed in Virginia in 1662

Mead Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • James Mead, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Casper Mead, aged 48, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1739
  • Johanes Mead, aged 16, landed in Pennsylvania in 1739
  • Daniel Mead, who landed in America in 1760-1763
  • Jane Mead, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773

Mead Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Mead, aged 27, arrived in New York in 1801
  • Owen Mead, aged 34, arrived in New York, NY in 1812
  • John Mead, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • John S Mead, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1849
  • G W Mead, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850

Mead Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Richard Mead, who arrived in Arkansas in 1906


  • Margaret Mead (1901-1978), American Cultural Anthropologist and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, eponym of the Mead crater on Venus
  • Carver Andress Mead (b. 1934), prominent U.S. computer scientist and professor emeritus at the California Institute of Technology
  • George Herbert Mead (1863-1931), American social psychologist
  • Harry Talbott "Chip" Mead Jr. (1950-1993), American racing driver from Dayton, Ohio
  • William Rutherford Mead (1846-1928), American architect, co-founder of the firm McKim, Mead, and White
  • Sydney Jay "Syd" Mead (b. 1933), American Saturn Award nominated visual futurist and concept artist, best known for his designs for science-fiction films Blade Runner, Aliens and Tron
  • Matthew Hansen "Matt" Mead (b. 1962), American politician, 32nd Governor of Wyoming
  • Taylor Mead (1924-2013), American writer, actor, and performer
  • Major-General Armistead Davis Mead (1901-1980), American Chief of Staff 3rd Army (1952-1953)
  • Ernest Campbell Mead Jr. (1918-2014), American academic and professor of music in the McIntire Department of Music at the University of Virginia



  • Descendants of John Page (1614-1687 of Hingham and Haverhill, Massachusetts, Together with Genealogical Records of Certain Branches of the Mead, Jeffers and Hunkins Families by Theda Page Brigham.
  • Jonathan Mead of Rensselaewyck and Some of his Descendants by Cecil Mead Draper.

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: Toujours pret
Motto Translation: Always ready.



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  4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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  7. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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  9. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  10. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
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The Mead Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mead 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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