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Meads Early Origins



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.

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Meads Spelling Variations


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Meads Spelling Variations



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

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Meads Early History


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Meads Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meads research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1630, 1699, 1673, 1754 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Meads History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Meads Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Meads Early Notables (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...

Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Meads Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Meads In Ireland


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Meads In Ireland



Some of the Meads family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 45 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



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

Meads Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Stephen Meads, aged 25, arrived in Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia in 1775

Meads Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Richard Meads arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "African" in 1860
  • Sarah Meads arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "African" in 1860

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Contemporary Notables of the name Meads (post 1700)


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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 (b. 1936), New Zealand former rugby union footballer who played 55 test matches, member of the New Zealand National Team from 1957 to 1971

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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: Toujours pret
Motto Translation: Always ready.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    3. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    5. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    6. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    7. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    8. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    9. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    10. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
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    The Meads Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Meads 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.

    This page was last modified on 8 November 2016 at 07:22.

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