Meades History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Meades family

The surname Meades 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.

Early History of the Meades family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meades 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 Meades History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Meades Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Meades 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...
Another 73 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Meades Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Meades family to Ireland

Some of the Meades 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.


United States Meades migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Meades Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Meades, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1635 [1]
  • Tho Meades, who landed in Virginia in 1638 [1]
  • John Meades, who arrived in Maryland in 1655-1658 [1]
  • Thomas Meades, who arrived in Maryland in 1660 [1]
  • Randall Meades, who arrived in Maryland in 1668 [1]

HMS Dorsetshire
  • Arthur Ernest Meades (d. 1945), British Petty Officer Cook aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [2]


The Meades Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Toujours pret
Motto Translation: Always ready.


  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. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html


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