MacMeachen surname is thought to derived from name of the village of Machen, located near Caerphilly, in the county of Monmouthshire.
Early Origins of the MacMeachen family
The surname MacMeachen was first found in Monmouthshire
(Welsh: Sir Fynwy), at Machen, a parish, in the union of Newport, partly in the hundred
of Wentlloog, South Wales
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the MacMeachen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacMeachen research.Another 189 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1541, 1614, 1614, 1600 and 1675 are included under the topic Early MacMeachen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacMeachen Spelling Variations
Compared to other ancient cultures found in the British Isles, the number of Welsh
surnames are relatively few, but there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations
. These spelling variations
began almost as soon as surname usage became common. People could not specify how to spell their own names leaving the specific recording up to the individual scribe or priest. Those recorders would then spell the names as they heard them, causing many different variations. Later, many Welsh
names were recorded in English. This transliteration process was extremely imprecise since the Brythonic Celtic
language of the Welsh
used many sounds the English language was not accustomed to. Finally, some variations occurred by the individual's design: a branch loyalty within a family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The MacMeachen name over the years has been spelled Machen, Machin, Machon, Mackon, Makin, Makins, MacMacken and many more.
Early Notables of the MacMeachen family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Thomas Machen (c.
1541-1614), an English mercer who was mayor of Gloucester three times, Member of Parliament for Gloucester in 1614; Bathsua Reginald Makin (c.1600-c.1675) English middle-class proto-feminist who... Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacMeachen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacMeachen family to Ireland
Some of the MacMeachen family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 145 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacMeachen family to the New World and Oceana
Many people from Wales
joined the general migration to North America in the 19th and 20th centuries, searching for land, work, and freedom. Like the many other immigrants from the British Isles, they made a significant contribution to the development of Canada and the United States. The Welsh
and their descendents added a rich cultural tradition to the newly developed towns, cities, and villages. An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name MacMeachen: Bernard, Charles, Hugh, James, John, Michael, Patrick, Steven and Thomas Mackin all arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1840 and 1860; Hugh, Michael, Patrick, Thomas and William Macken also arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.