Mead History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Mead family

The surname Mead was first found in Somerset 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.

Important Dates for the Mead family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mead research. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1630, 1699, 1673, 1754, 1720, 1415, 1475, 1459, 1460, 1458, 1459, 1461, 1462, 1468, 1469, 1586, 1639, 1613 and 1627 are included under the topic Early Mead History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mead Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Mead, Meade, Meades and others.

Early Notables of the Mead family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Matthew Mead or Meade (1630?-1699), an English Independent minister; and his son Richard Mead (1673-1754), an English physician whose work, "A Short Discourse concerning Pestilential Contagion, and the Method to be used to prevent it" written in 1720 gave an important understanding of transmissible diseases. Philip Mede or Meade, Meede, (c. 1415-1475) from Mede's Place in Somerset was a wealthy merchant in Bristol and was twice elected...
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Migration of the Mead family to Ireland

Some of the Mead family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mead migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mead Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Mead, who landed in Massachusetts in 1635 [1]
  • John Mead, who settled in Virginia in 1636
  • Gabriel Mead, who arrived in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1638 [1]
  • Jon Mead, who landed in Virginia in 1642 [1]
  • Robert Mead, who landed in Virginia in 1662 [1]
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Mead Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Mead, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [1]
  • Casper Mead, aged 48, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1739 [1]
  • Johanes Mead, aged 16, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1739 [1]
  • Daniel Mead, who landed in America in 1760-1763 [1]
  • Jane Mead, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773 [1]
Mead Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Mead, aged 27, who arrived in New York in 1801 [1]
  • Owen Mead, aged 34, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812 [1]
  • John Mead, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [1]
  • John S Mead, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1849 [1]
  • G W Mead, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
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Mead Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Richard Mead, who arrived in Arkansas in 1906 [1]

Mead migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mead Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Garret Mead, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • John Mead, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Joseph Mead, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Mary Mead, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • John Mead, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
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Mead Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Richard Mead, (b. 1836), aged 19, Cornish settler departing from Falmouth destined for Quebec, Canada aboard the ship "Barque John" on 3rd May 1855 which sank after striking the reef, he died in the sinking [2]

Mead migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Mead Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Mead, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • William Mead, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1840 [4]
  • B. Mead, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Calphurnia" in 1849 [5]
  • G. Mead, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Watson" in 1849 [6]
  • Jane Mead, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Caroline Agnes" in 1850 [7]
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Mead 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:

Mead Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Mead, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "John Masterman" in 1857
  • Mary Jane Mead, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "John Masterman" in 1857
  • William A. Mead, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Clarence" in 1875
  • Mr. James Mead, (b. 1841), aged 42, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Westland" arriving in Hawke's Bay, Napier, North Island, New Zealand in 1883 [8]
  • Mrs. Louisa Mead, (b. 1841), aged 42, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Westland" arriving in Hawke's Bay, Napier, North Island, New Zealand in 1883 [8]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Mead (post 1700)

  • Ernest Campbell Mead Jr. (1918-2014), American academic and professor of music in the McIntire Department of Music at the University of Virginia
  • Major-General Armistead Davis Mead (1901-1980), American Chief of Staff 3rd Army (1952-1953) [9]
  • Taylor Mead (1924-2013), American writer, actor, and performer
  • Matthew Hansen "Matt" Mead (b. 1962), American politician, 32nd Governor of Wyoming
  • Sydney Jay "Syd" Mead (b. 1933), American Saturn Award nominated visual futurist and concept artist, best known for his designs for science-fiction films Blade Runner, Aliens and Tron
  • William Rutherford Mead (1846-1928), American architect, co-founder of the firm McKim, Mead, and White
  • Harry Talbott "Chip" Mead Jr. (1950-1993), American racing driver from Dayton, Ohio
  • Margaret Mead (1901-1978), American Cultural Anthropologist and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, eponym of the Mead crater on Venus
  • George Herbert Mead (1863-1931), American social psychologist
  • Carver Andress Mead (b. 1934), prominent U.S. computer scientist and professor emeritus at the California Institute of Technology
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Historic Events for the Mead family

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Stanley Frederick Mead (b. 1906), British Petty Officer Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [10]
HMS Royal Oak
  • John N. Mead, British Boy 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [11]

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/wreck_of_emigrant_ship_john_1855.pdf
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ORLEANA 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Orleana.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The CALPHURNIA 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Calpurnia.htm
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque WILLIAM WATSON 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849WilliamWatson.htm
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CAROLINE AGNES 1850. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850CarolineAgnes-Hydaspe%20RegisterOct15.gif
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2013, May 9) Armistead Mead. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Mead/Armistead_Davis/USA.html
  10. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  11. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
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