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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Meisel, Misel, Meissel, Meissl, Meisl, Misl, Maisel, Meysel, Maysel, Maysl, Meysl, Meyssel and many more.

First found in Austria, where the family was anciently associated with the political and religious conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. The family founded numerous branches, many of which acquired manors and estates in surrounding regions, where they contributed to the prosperity of their society.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meis research. Another 315 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1775, 1807, and 1853 are included under the topic Early Meis History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 63 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Meis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Meis Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Henrig Meis, who landed in New York in 1709

Meis Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Henry Meis, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1843
  • Joh Heinr Meis, who landed in America in 1843
  • Heinr W Meis, who arrived in America in 1843
  • Henrick Meis, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1843
  • Henrich Meis, aged 37, arrived in Missouri in 1848


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  2. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
  3. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
  6. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
  7. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
  8. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
  9. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
  10. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
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The Meis Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Meis 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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