The McMeiken family comes from the ancient Scottish Dalriadan clans of the mountainous west coast of Scotland
. The name McMeiken is derived from the devotion of an ancestor to St. Michael.
The Gaelic form of the surname is Mac Giolla
Mhicheil, which means son of the servant of St. Michael.
Early Origins of the McMeiken family
The surname McMeiken was first found in Angus
(Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland
, and present day Council Area of Angus
, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire
, where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the McMeiken family
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McMeiken Spelling Variations
were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. McMeiken has appeared in various documents spelled MacMichael, MacGilliemichael and others.
Early Notables of the McMeiken family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McMeiken family to Ireland
Some of the McMeiken family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the McMeiken family to the New World and Oceana
Dalriadan families proliferated in North America. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence
. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan
societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name McMeiken or a variant listed above: Alexander, Archibald, Daniel, James, John, Stewart, Thomas, Walter and William McMichael all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.