Meacham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Welsh Meacham surname is thought to derived from name of the village of Machen, located near Caerphilly, in the county of Monmouthshire.
Alternatively, the name could have been derived from the name of an ancestor as in 'the son of Matthew.' 
Early Origins of the Meacham family
The surname Meacham was first found in Monmouthshire (Welsh: Sir Fynwy), at Machen, a parish, in the union of Newport, partly in the hundred of Wentlloog, South Wales. 
Early History of the Meacham family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meacham research. Another 65 words (5 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 and printed products wherever possible.
Meacham Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Meacham family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Thomas Machen (c. 1541-1614), an English mercer who was mayor of Gloucester three times, Member of Parliament for Gloucester in 1614; Bathsua Reginald Makin (c.1600-c.1675) English middle-class proto-feminist who...
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Migration of the Meacham family to Ireland
Some of the Meacham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Meacham migration to the United States +
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 immigrated to the United States, in 1904
- Walter Meacham, aged 50, who immigrated 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
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Meacham migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Meacham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- John Meacham, aged 28, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875
- Rosa Meacham, aged 26, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875
- Lilly M. Meacham, aged 17 months, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875
Contemporary Notables of the name Meacham (post 1700) +
- 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
- ... (Another 14 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
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Suggested Readings for the name Meacham +
- 4934 Meacham, Mitcham, Mitchum: Families of the South by Clarence E. Mitcham, The Moses Moroni and Almira Jane Duke Mecham Family by Robert Bernard Mecham.
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)