Makeghan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Makeghan family
The surname Makeghan was first found in Nottinghamshire at Markham, near Tuxford, a parish where they family can be traced to the time of Henry II.  More recently the parish is known as East Markham and Great Markham. The St. John the Baptist church in East Markham "is a large structure, with a lofty embattled tower, and contains several ancient monuments to the Markham, Cressy, and other families." 
At one time, the family held lands and estates in Maplebeck, Nottinghamshire. "An ancient mansion near the church, once the residence of the De Markham family, has been taken down, and the materials have been sold." 
Early History of the Makeghan family
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Makeghan Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Markham, Marcham, Markam, Markem and others.
Early Notables of the Makeghan family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir John Markham, eminent lawyer in the year 1250; Sir John Markham (died 1479) was an English judge and Chief Justice of the King's Bench; Sir Robert Markham, 1st Baronet (1644-1690), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Grantham (1678-1679) and Newark in 1678; and Gervase Markham (ca. 1568-1637), an English poet and writer, best known for his work "The English Huswife, Containing the Inward and Outward Virtues Which Ought to Be in a Complete Woman" first published...
Migration of the Makeghan family to Ireland
Some of the Makeghan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Migration of the Makeghan family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Thomas and Susan Markham settled in Virginia in 1636; Robert Markham settled in Virginia in 1606; before the "Mayflower"; John Markham settled in Virginia in 1638.
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Mitis et audax
Motto Translation: Mild and bold