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The surname Makeham was first found in Nottinghamshire at Markham, near Tuxford, a parish where they family can be traced to the time of Henry II. [1] 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." [2]

Spelling variations of this family name include: Markham, Marcham, Markam, Markem and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Makeham research. Another 231 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1120, 1777, 1250, 1479, 1644, 1690, 1678, 1679, 1678, 1568 and 1637 are included under the topic Early Makeham History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 151 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Makeham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Makeham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 69 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Makeham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Henry Makeham, aged 21, a shopman, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Prince Regent"
  • Henry Makeham, aged 21, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1851

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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: Mitis et audax

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  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  2. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  3. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  7. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Makeham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Makeham Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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