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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.
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.
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 and printed products wherever possible.
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...
Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Meacham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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 and printed products wherever possible.
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
Meacham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Meacham Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Meacham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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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