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The Welsh Meacham surname is thought to derived from name of the village of Machen, located near Caerphilly, in the county of Monmouthshire.

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The surname Meacham was first found in Monmouthshire (Welsh: Sir Fynwy), 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.

Compared to other ancient cultures found in the British Isles, the number of Welsh surnames are relatively few, but there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations. These spelling variations began almost as soon as surname usage became common. People could not specify how to spell their own names leaving the specific recording up to the individual scribe or priest. Those recorders would then spell the names as they heard them, causing many different variations. Later, many Welsh names were recorded in English. This transliteration process was extremely imprecise since the Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh used many sounds the English language was not accustomed to. Finally, some variations occurred by the individual's design: a branch loyalty within a family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The Meacham name over the years has been spelled Machen, Machin, Machon, Mackon, Makin, Makins, MacMacken and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meacham research. Another 129 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1541, 1614, 1614, 1600 and 1675 are included under the topic Early Meacham History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 133 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Meacham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Meacham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 51 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The Welsh began to emigrate to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s in search of land, work, and freedom. Those that arrived helped shape the industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. The records regarding immigration and passenger show a number of people bearing the name Meacham:

Meacham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Jeremiah Meacham, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1636

Meacham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • J B Meacham, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

Meacham Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Elizth. Meacham, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States, in 1904
  • Walter Meacham, aged 50, who emigrated to the United States, in 1904
  • Maggie Meacham, aged 21, who landed in America from Liverpool, England, in 1908
  • Robert Meacham, aged 27, who settled in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1911
  • Sida Meacham, aged 52, who settled in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1911


Meacham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • John Meacham, aged 28, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875
  • Rosa Meacham, aged 26, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875
  • Lilly M. Meacham, aged 17 months, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875

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  • Robert Meacham (1835-1902), African-American leader in Florida during Reconstruction, he helped write Florida's Constitution
  • George Frederick Meacham (1831-1917), American architect in the Boston, Massachusetts
  • Mildred Meacham (b. 1924), American infielder who played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
  • James Meacham (1810-1856), American politician, United States Representative from Vermont
  • Mary Anne Meacham (1925-2006), noted American actress of stage, film and soap opera, probably best remembered for her role on Another World
  • Beth Meacham (b. 1951), American writer and editor
  • Scott Meacham (b. 1963), American politician, the 17th State Treasurer of Oklahoma
  • Robert Andrew "Bobby" Meacham (b. 1960), American former Major League Baseball shortstop
  • Jon Meacham (b. 1969), American executive editor, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and executive vice president at Random House
  • Russell Loren "Rusty" Meacham (b. 1968), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played between 1991 and 2001

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  • Meacham, Mitcham, Mitchum: Families of the South by Clarence E. Mitcham.
  • The Moses Moroni and Almira Jane Duke Mecham Family by Robert Bernard Mecham.
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The Meacham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Meacham 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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