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Where did the Welsh Meckle family come from? What is the Welsh Meckle family crest and coat of arms? When did the Meckle family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Meckle family history?The Welsh Meckle surname is thought to derived from name of the village of Machen, located near Caerphilly, in the county of Monmouthshire.
There are relatively few surnames native to Wales, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. Early variations of Welsh surnames can be explained by the fact that very few people in the early Middle Ages were literate. Priests and the few other literate people were responsible for recording names in official documents. And because most people could not specific how to properly record their names it was up to the individual recorder of that time to determine how a spoken name should be recorded. Variations due to the imprecise or improper recording of a name continued later in history when names originally composed in the Brythonic Celtic, language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, were transliterated into English. Welsh names that were documented in English often changed dramatically since the native language of Wales, which was highly inflected, did not copy well. Occasionally, however, spelling variations were carried out according to an individual's specific design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by minor variations. The spelling variations of the name Meckle have included Machen, Machin, Machon, Mackon, Makin, Makins, MacMacken and many more.
First found in Monmouthshire, 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 Meckle research. Another 129 words(9 lines of text) covering the years 1600 and 1675 are included under the topic Early Meckle History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 91 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Meckle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Meckle family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 51 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
During the latter half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, the people of Wales journeyed to North America to find a new life. They made major contributions to the arts, industry and commerce of both Canada and the United States, and added a rich cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Meckle:
Meckle Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Meckle Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Meckle Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Meckle 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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