Makeham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Makeham family
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.  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 Makeham family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Makeham research. Another 116 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1120, 1777, 1250, 1479, 1644, 1690, 1678, 1679, 1678, 1568, 1637, 1615, 1597, 1667, 1644, 1690, 1666, 1736, 1693 and 1779 are included under the topic Early Makeham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Makeham Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Markham, Marcham, Markam, Markem and others.
Early Notables of the Makeham 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...
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Migration of the Makeham family to Ireland
Some of the Makeham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Makeham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Henry Makeham, aged 21, a shopman, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Prince Regent" 
- Henry Makeham, aged 21, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1851 
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
- Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
- Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE REGENT 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851PrinceRegent.htm