Meads History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Meads family

The surname Meads 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 Meads family

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

Meads Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Meads 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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Ireland Migration of the Meads family to Ireland

Some of the Meads 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 Meads migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Meads Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles Meads, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]

Canada Meads migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Meads Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Stephen Meads, aged 25, who arrived in Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia in 1775

New Zealand Meads 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:

Meads Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Meads, (b. 1825), aged 17, British settler born in Yorkshire travelling from London and Plymouth aboard the ship "Thomas Sparks" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 31st January 1843, the ship stuck rocks of the coast of Cape of Good Hope delaying her landing by 2 months [2]
  • Mrs. Hannah Meads née Cawthorne, (b. 1819), aged 23, British settler travelling from London and Plymouth aboard the ship "Thomas Sparks" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 31st January 1843, the ship stuck rocks of the coast of Cape of Good Hope delaying her landing by 2 months [2]
  • Mr. Joseph Meads, (b. 1803), aged 40, British settler born in Yorkshire travelling from London and Plymouth aboard the ship "Thomas Sparks" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 31st January 1843, the ship stuck rocks of the coast of Cape of Good Hope delaying her landing by 2 months [2]
  • Mrs. Ann Meads née Coates, (b. 1818), aged 25, British settler travelling from London and Plymouth aboard the ship "Thomas Sparks" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 31st January 1843, the ship stuck rocks of the coast of Cape of Good Hope delaying her landing by 2 months [2]
  • Mr. Joseph Meads, Jr., (b. 1829), aged 13, British settler born in Yorkshire travelling from London and Plymouth aboard the ship "Thomas Sparks" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 31st January 1843, the ship stuck rocks of the coast of Cape of Good Hope delaying her landing by 2 months [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Meads (post 1700) +

  • Johnny Sand Meads (b. 1961), American former NFL football linebacker who played from 1984 to 1992 for the Houston Oilers and Washington Redskins
  • Thomas "Tommy" Meads (1900-1983), English professional footballer who played from 1923 to 1935
  • Stanley Thomas Meads (b. 1938), New Zealand former rugby union footballer who played for the New Zealand National Team from 1961 to 1966, brother of Colin Meads
  • Sir Colin Earl Meads KNZM MBE (1936-2017), New Zealand former rugby union footballer who played 55 test matches, member of the New Zealand National Team from 1957 to 1971


The Meads 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. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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