Meadows History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Meadows is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when a family lived in or near a meadow. The surname Meadows is derived from the Old English words mæd and mædwe, which both mean meadow. The surname Meadows belongs to the class of topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees.

Early Origins of the Meadows family

The surname Meadows was first found in Suffolk at Witnesham, a parish, in the union of Woodbridge, hundred of Carlford. "The family of Meadows, from a branch of which the present Earl Manvers is descended, have had a seat here since the time of Richard III." [1]

Important Dates for the Meadows family

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Meadows Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Meadows family name include Meadowes, Meadows, Meadow, Meddows, Meddus, Meadus, Medus, Medis and many more.

Early Notables of the Meadows family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Meadows family to Ireland

Some of the Meadows 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.

Meadows migration to the United States

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Meadows surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Meadows Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Philip Meadows, who landed in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1642 [2]
Meadows Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Elizabeth Meadows and her husband settled in Annapolis in 1758
Meadows Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert C Meadows, aged 33, who arrived in Connecticut in 1812 [2]
  • E Meadows, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [2]
  • James and John Meadows, who settled in Philadelphia in 1860

Meadows migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Meadows Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Meadows, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749

Meadows migration to Australia

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

Meadows Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • George Meadows, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1846 [3]
  • James Meadows, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "British Sovereign" in 1847 [4]
  • David Meadows, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hindoo" in 1848 [5]
  • Henry Meadows, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Poictiers" in 1848 [6]
  • William Meadows, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Emily" in 1849 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Meadows 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:

Meadows Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Henry Meadows, aged 25, a carpenter, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1874
  • Mary Meadows, aged 25, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1874
  • Frederick Meadows, aged 1, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Meadows (post 1700)

  • John Meadows III (1944-2018), American businessman and politician, Member of the Georgia House of Representatives (2004-2018)
  • Jayne Meadows (1920-2015), born Jane Meadows Cotter, an American three-time Emmy Award nominated actress, elder sister of actress Audrey Meadows
  • Edwin Lionel "Punky" Meadows (b. 1950), American guitarist
  • Donella H. "Dana" Meadows (1941-2001), American environmental scientist, teacher and writer
  • Tim Meadows (b. 1961), American actor and comedian, one of the longest running cast members on Saturday Night Live
  • Henry Lee "Specs" Meadows (1894-1963), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Matthew Brian Meadows (b. 1975), retired Major League Baseball relief pitcher
  • Audrey Meadows (1922-1996), American actress best known for her role as Alice Kramden on the 1950s American television comedy The Honeymooners
  • Mark Meadows, American plitician, member of the Michigan State House of Representatives
  • B. E. Meadows, American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Raleigh County, 1939-40 [8]
  • ... (Another 32 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Hooghly.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BRITISH SOVEREIGN 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847BritishSovereign.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HINDOO 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Hindoo.gif
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) POICTIERS 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Poictiers.htm
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The EMILY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Emily.htm
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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