Meigh Surname History

The distinguished surname Meigh emerged among the industrious people of Flanders, which was an important trading partner and political ally of Britain during the Middle Ages. As a result of the frequent commercial intercourse between the Flemish and English nations, many Flemish migrants settled in Britain. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames are derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. Flemish surnames of this type frequently are prefixed by de la or de le, which mean of the or from the. The Meigh family originally lived in the settlement of My in Flanders. The surname Meigh belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. However, some experts theorize that the surname Meigh may occasionally be a patronym derived from a pet form of the personal name Matthew.

Early Origins of the Meigh family

The surname Meigh was first found in Nottingham 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.

Important Dates for the Meigh family

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Meigh Spelling Variations

Flemish surnames are characterized by a large number of spelling variations. One reason for this is that medieval English lacked definite spelling rules. The spellings of surnames were also influenced by the official court languages, which were French and Latin. Names were rarely spelled consistently in medieval times. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to specific spelling rules, and people often had their names registered in several different forms throughout their lives. One of the greatest reasons for change is the linguistic uniqueness of the Flemish settlers in England, who spoke a language closely related to Dutch. The pronunciation and spelling of Flemish names were often altered to suit the tastes of English-speaking people. In many cases, the first, final, or middle syllables of surnames were eliminated. The name has been spelled Mee, Meigh, My and others.

Early Notables of the Meigh family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Meigh family to Ireland

Some of the Meigh family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Meigh family

In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Meigh George Mee, who settled in Virginia in 1635; James, John, Robert and William Mee, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860; as well as another William Mee, who settled in Baltimore in 1775..

Contemporary Notables of the name Meigh (post 1700)

  • David Meigh, American senior animator, known for his work on Blaze and the Monster Machines (8 episodes), Endangered Species (11 episodes) and Slugterra
  • Charles Meigh, American actor, known for his work on Unlocked the Series (2011), The Erased Line (2013) and Falling Asleep (2014)
  • Bertrand Meigh Peek (1891-1965), British astronomer
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