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The surname McMeekin originally appeared in Gaelic as "O Miadhachain," which is derived from the word miadhach, meaning honorable.

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The surname McMeekin 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.

The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name McMeekin were encountered in the archives: Meighan, Meehan, Meegin, Meeghen, Meegan, Meakin, Meakins, Mekins, Mehan, Mehen, Mehigan, Mehegan, O'Meighan, O'Meehan and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McMeekin research. Another 204 words (15 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early McMeekin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 24 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McMeekin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North Ameri ca. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the McMeekin family came to North America quite early:

McMeekin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alexander McMeekin, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1803
  • Alexander McMeekin, aged 21, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • David McMeekin, who arrived in New York in 1847
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  • Stan McMeekin, American cinematographer
  • Melissa McMeekin (b. 1972), American actress and producer, known for The Fighter (2010), American Hustle (2013) and Unfinished Business (2015)
  • Duncan McMeekin QC (b. 1955), Australian jurist, justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland in the Trial Division
  • Thomas Doodputlee McMeekin (1866-1946), British Olympic gold medalist sailor at the 1908 Summer Olympics
  • Lieutenant-General Sir Terence Douglas Herbert McMeekin KCB CBE (1918-1984), former British Army officer, General Officer Commanding the 3rd Division (1968-1970), GOC South East District (1972-1974)
  • Richard McMeekin, Canadian politician, MPP for Sault Ste. Marie in 1937
  • Ted McMeekin (b. 1948), Canadian politician, Minister of Community and Social Services (2013), Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing (2014)
  • Brian McMeekin, Canadian professional (NHL) hockey player
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McMeekin Historic Events



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Citations



    Other References

    1. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    2. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
    4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    7. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    10. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
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    The McMeekin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McMeekin 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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