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Where did the English Megson family come from? What is the English Megson family crest and coat of arms? When did the Megson family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Megson family history?The Megson surname finds its earliest origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name is derived from the name Megg, which is a pet form of the female personal name Margaret. The name Megson is a metronymic surname, which is derived from the name of the mother, and features the common patronymic suffix -son, which was most popular in the north of England and superseded other patronymic suffixes during the 14th century.
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Megson are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Megson include: Megson, Meggson, Meggison, Meggeson, Megginson, Meiggs, Meggenson, Meggy and many more.
First found in Oxfordshire where they held a family seat. Commonly used surname in ancient times, Meg-son was literallly the son of Meg or Margeret. The name proliferated in Oxfordshire where John Megge was recorded in 1273. However, the popularity of the name diminished and by the year 1500 had become somewhat obscure. Modifications such as Meggison emerged and included others as Meggotson, and so on but the main stem of the family name moved north to Northumberland.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Megson research. Another 223 words(16 lines of text) covering the year 1379 is included under the topic Early Megson History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Megson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Megson or a variant listed above: Vincent Meggs and his two sons, John and Mark settled in Weymouth Mass in 1639; George Meggs settled in Virginia in 1652; and Francis Meggs settled in Virginia in 1667..
The Megson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Megson 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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