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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 męd and mędwe, 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.

Meadows Early Origins



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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Meadows Spelling Variations


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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.

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Meadows Early History


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Meadows Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meadows research. Another 179 words (13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Meadows History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Meadows Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Meadows Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Meadows Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Meadows In Ireland


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Meadows In Ireland



Some of the Meadows family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 47 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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

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, arrived in Connecticut in 1812
  • E Meadows, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • James and John Meadows settled in Philadelphia in 1860

Meadows Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Meadows, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749

Meadows Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Meadows arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1846
  • James Meadows arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "British Sovereign" in 1847
  • David Meadows arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hindoo" in 1848
  • Henry Meadows arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Poictiers" in 1848
  • William Meadows arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Emily" in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Meadows Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Henry Meadows, aged 25, a carpenter, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1874
  • Mary Meadows, aged 25, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1874
  • Frederick Meadows, aged 1, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Meadows (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Meadows (post 1700)



  • 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
  • B. E. Meadows, American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Raleigh County, 1939-40
  • Adney Meadows, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Hinton, West Virginia, 1934
  • A. W. Meadows, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1908
  • ... (Another 30 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Meadows


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Suggested Readings for the name Meadows



  • Daniel Meadows and his Descendants by Michal Martin Farmer.
  • History and Genealogical Data of the Poynor, Burns, Meadows, Sudberry, and Conyer Families by Marion Joyce Poynor.

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Motto


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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: Mea dos virtus
Motto Translation: Virtue is my dower.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  3. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  4. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  9. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Meadows Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Meadows 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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