MacMeakand surname is thought to derived from name of the village of Machen, located near Caerphilly, in the county of Monmouthshire.
Early Origins of the MacMeakand family
The surname MacMeakand 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 MacMeakand family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacMeakand research.Another 189 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1541, 1614, 1614, 1600 and 1675 are included under the topic Early MacMeakand History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacMeakand Spelling Variations
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 MacMeakand has occasionally been spelled Machen, Machin, Machon, Mackon, Makin, Makins, MacMacken and many more.
Early Notables of the MacMeakand 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 MacMeakand Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacMeakand family to Ireland
Some of the MacMeakand 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 MacMeakand 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 MacMeakand: 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.