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The Welsh Meacham surname is thought to derived from name of the village of Machen, located near Caerphilly, in the county of Monmouthshire.


The surname Meacham was first found in Monmouthshire (Welsh: Sir Fynwy), 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.

Welsh surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations of particular Welsh names are very important. The surname Meacham has occasionally been spelled Machen, Machin, Machon, Mackon, Makin, Makins, MacMacken and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meacham research. Another 129 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1541, 1614, 1614, 1600 and 1675 are included under the topic Early Meacham History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 133 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Meacham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Meacham 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.


The Welsh migration to North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries contributed greatly to its rapid development. These migrants were in search of land, work, and freedom. Those Welsh families that survived the long ocean journey were critical to the development of new industries and factories, and to the quick settlement of land. They also added to an ever-growing rich cultural heritage. A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Meacham:

Meacham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jeremiah Meacham, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1636

Meacham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • J B Meacham, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

Meacham Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Elizth. Meacham, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States, in 1904
  • Walter Meacham, aged 50, who emigrated to the United States, in 1904
  • Maggie Meacham, aged 21, who landed in America from Liverpool, England, in 1908
  • Robert Meacham, aged 27, who settled in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1911
  • Sida Meacham, aged 52, who settled in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1911

Meacham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Meacham, aged 28, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875
  • Rosa Meacham, aged 26, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875
  • Lilly M. Meacham, aged 17 months, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875


  • Robert Meacham (1835-1902), African-American leader in Florida during Reconstruction, he helped write Florida's Constitution
  • George Frederick Meacham (1831-1917), American architect in the Boston, Massachusetts
  • Mildred Meacham (b. 1924), American infielder who played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
  • James Meacham (1810-1856), American politician, United States Representative from Vermont
  • Mary Anne Meacham (1925-2006), noted American actress of stage, film and soap opera, probably best remembered for her role on Another World
  • Beth Meacham (b. 1951), American writer and editor
  • Scott Meacham (b. 1963), American politician, the 17th State Treasurer of Oklahoma
  • Robert Andrew "Bobby" Meacham (b. 1960), American former Major League Baseball shortstop
  • Jon Meacham (b. 1969), American executive editor, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and executive vice president at Random House
  • Russell Loren "Rusty" Meacham (b. 1968), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played between 1991 and 2001



  • Meacham, Mitcham, Mitchum: Families of the South by Clarence E. Mitcham.
  • The Moses Moroni and Almira Jane Duke Mecham Family by Robert Bernard Mecham.


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