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Where did the English Mees family come from? What is the English Mees family crest and coat of arms? When did the Mees family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Mees family history?Mees is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Mees family lived in Staffordshire. The surname Meese can be traced to the river of the same name in Staffordshire. Likely the original bearer lived by the river Meese.
Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Meese, Meece, Mees, Mey and others.
First found in Staffordshire where they held a family seat. The name is associated with the village of Mill Meece, which was recorded in the Domesday Book,  a census of England taken by King William in the year 1086. Robert Miee was registered in Normandy in 1198. In England, the first recorded ancestor was Richard del Mes (also recorded as Ricahrd Mey,) who was registered in Staffordshire in 1276.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mees research. Another 199 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1608 and 1642 are included under the topic Early Mees History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Mees Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Mees family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 127 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Mees or a variant listed above:
Mees Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Mees Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Mees Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Mees Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mees 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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