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Where did the Scottish Meech family come from? What is the Scottish Meech family crest and coat of arms? When did the Meech family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Meech family history?The people known in ancient Scotland as the Picts were the ancestors of the first to use Meech as a name. It was a name for a timid person. Meech is a nickname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Nicknames form a broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, and can refer directly or indirectly to one's personality, physical attributes, mannerisms, or even their habits of dress. The surname Meech comes from the Old English word meek, which means humble or merciful.
In medieval Scotland, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations were the result. Over the years, the name Meech has been spelled Meek, Meeke, Meeks, Meik, Meech, Meach, Mekie and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meech research. Another 148 words(11 lines of text) covering the year 1680 is included under the topic Early Meech History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Meech Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Meech family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 261 words(19 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
In such difficult times, Ireland, Australia, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of Meech:
Meech Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
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: Jungor ut implear
Motto Translation: I am joined that I may becom full.
The Meech Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Meech 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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