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The Irish surname McMeeken was originally O Miadhachain in Irish Gaelic, which is derived from the word "miadhach," meaning "honorable."

McMeeken Early Origins



The surname McMeeken was first found in County Leitrim (Irish: Liatroim) anciently the western half of the kingdom of Breifne, located in Northeastern Ireland, in Leinster province, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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McMeeken Spelling Variations


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McMeeken Spelling Variations



Lacking standardized spellings, scribes and church officials recorded people's name according to how they sounded. This practice often led to the misleading result of one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname McMeeken are preserved in the archival documents of the period. The various spellings of the name that were found include O'Meehan, Meighan, MacMeehan, MacMeekin, MacMeekan,MacMehan, MacMehon and many more.

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McMeeken Early History


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McMeeken Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McMeeken research. Another 236 words (17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McMeeken History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McMeeken Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McMeeken Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early McMeeken Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McMeeken Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Anderson McMeeken, aged 24, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Mary McMeeken, aged 23, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast, Ireland

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Contemporary Notables of the name McMeeken (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McMeeken (post 1700)



  • Bryan McMeeken, Canadian Directors Guild of Canada Award winning Assistant Director, known for his work in Degrassi: The Next Generation (2001), Cube Zero (2004) and Schitt's Creek (2015)
  • Kate McMeeken -Ruscoe (b. 1979), New Zealand silver medalist basketball player as the 2006 Commonwealth Games
  • Mike McMeeken (b. 1994), English rugby league player for Castleford Tigers

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. 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).
    2. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    3. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    4. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    5. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    8. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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    The McMeeken Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McMeeken 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.

    This page was last modified on 18 November 2015 at 12:36.

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