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Meager History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: English, Irish


While many Irish names are familiar, their past incarnations are often shrouded in mystery, reflecting the ancient Gaelic heritage of their bearers. The original Gaelic form of the name Meager is O Meachair, derived from the word "michair," which means "hospitable" or "kindly."

Early Origins of the Meager family


The surname Meager was first found in County Tipperary (Irish: Thiobraid Árann), established in the 13th century in South-central Ireland, in the province of Munster, where they traditionally belong to the barony of Ikerrin. The family has retained this area as their homestead as over 50% of them come from here. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)

Early History of the Meager family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meager research.
Another 239 words (17 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early Meager History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Meager Spelling Variations


Irish names recorded during the Middle Ages are characterized by many spelling variations. This preponderance of variations for common names can be explained by the fact that the scribes and church officials that kept records during that period individually decided how to capture one's name. These recorders primarily based their decisions on how the name was pronounced or what it meant. Research into the name Meager revealed many variations, including Maher, O'Meagher, Meagher, O'Maher, Mahir and others.

Early Notables of the Meager family (pre 1700)


Another 19 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Meager Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Meager family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Meager Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Richard Meager U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Contemporary Notables of the name Meager (post 1700)


  • Jill Meager, English actor, artist and portrait painter who studied at Trinity Hall, Cambridge
  • Lee Meager (b. 1978), English lightweight boxer from Salford, England

The Meager 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: In periculis audax
Motto Translation: Bold in danger


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  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

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