MacMeakan surname is thought to derived from name of the village of Machen, located near Caerphilly, in the county of Monmouthshire.
Early Origins of the MacMeakan family
The surname MacMeakan 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 MacMeakan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacMeakan research.Another 189 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1541, 1614, 1614, 1600 and 1675 are included under the topic Early MacMeakan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacMeakan Spelling Variations
Although there are not an extremely large number Welsh
surnames, there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations
of those surnames. This variety of spellings began almost immediately after the acceptance of surnames within Welsh
society. As time progressed, these old Brythonic names were eventually were recorded in English. This process was problematic in that many of the highly inflected sounds of the native language of Wales
could not be properly captured in English. Some families, however, did decide to modify their own names to indicate a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even a patriotic affiliation. The name MacMeakan has seen various spelling variations: Machen, Machin, Machon, Mackon, Makin, Makins, MacMacken and many more.
Early Notables of the MacMeakan 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 MacMeakan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacMeakan family to Ireland
Some of the MacMeakan 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 MacMeakan family to the New World and Oceana
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many people from Wales
joined the general migration to North America in search of land, work, and freedom. These immigrants greatly contributed to the rapid development of the new nations of Canada and the United States. They also added a rich and lasting cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name MacMeakan: 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.