Meager History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Meager family

The surname Meager was first found in Oxfordshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.

Important Dates for the Meager family

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Meager Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Meager, Megre, Meagre, Meagerman, Meagreman, Meeger, Meegre, Meigre, Maygre, Magre, Maygray, Magray and many more.

Early Notables of the Meager family (pre 1700)

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Meager migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Meager Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Richard Meager U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [1]

Meager migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Meager Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Meager, (b. 1874), aged 1 day, Cornish settler departing on 6th January 1874 aboard the ship "Rakaia" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 26th April 1874 [2]
  • Mr. Alfred Meager, (b. 1871), aged 3, Cornish settler departing on 6th January 1874 aboard the ship "Rakaia" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 26th April 1874 [2]
  • Mr. John Meager, (b. 1869), aged 5, Cornish settler departing on 6th January 1874 aboard the ship "Rakaia" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 26th April 1874 [2]
  • Mr. John William Meager, (b. 1845), aged 29, Cornish coalminer departing on 6th January 1874 aboard the ship "Rakaia" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 26th April 1874 [2]
  • Mrs. Kitty A. Meager, (b. 1850), aged 24, Cornish settler departing on 6th January 1874 aboard the ship "Rakaia" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 26th April 1874 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Meager (post 1700)

  • Jill Meager, English actor, artist and portrait painter who studied at Trinity Hall, Cambridge
  • Lee Meager (b. 1978), English lightweight boxer from Salford, England

Citations

  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
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