Meachen surname is thought to derived from name of the village of Machen, located near Caerphilly, in the county of Monmouthshire.
(Welsh: Sir Fynwy), at Machen, a parish, in the union of Newport, partly in the
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meachen research.Another 65 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1541, 1614, 1614, 1600 and 1675 are included under the topic Early Meachen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Although there are comparatively few Welsh
surnames, they have a great many spelling variations
. Variations of Welsh
names began almost immediately after their acceptance within Welsh
society. In the Middle Ages, it was up to priests and the few other people that recorded names in official documents to decide how to spell the names that they heard. Variations that occurred because of improper recording increased dramatically as the names were later transliterated into English. The Brythonic Celtic
language of Wales
, known by natives as Cymraeg, featured many highly inflected sounds that could not be properly captured by the English language. Spelling variations
were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were all indicated by the particular variation of one's name. The spelling variations
of the name Meachen have included Machen, Machin, Machon, Mackon, Makin, Makins, MacMacken and many more.
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 Meachen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.