nickname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Nicknames form a broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, and can refer directly or indirectly to one's personality, physical attributes, mannerisms, or even their habits of dress. The surname Meakes comes from the Old English word meek, which means humble or merciful.
Early Origins of the Meakes family
Fife, 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 Scotland.
Early History of the Meakes family
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Meakes Spelling Variations
spelling variations. In various documents, Meakes has been spelled Meek, Meeke, Meeks, Meik, Meech, Meach, Mekie and others.
Early Notables of the Meakes family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Meakes family to Ireland
Some of the Meakes family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Meakes family to the New World and Oceana
The cruelties suffered under the new government forced many to leave their ancient homeland for the freedom of the North American colonies. Those who arrived safely found land, freedom, and opportunity for the taking. These hardy settlers gave their strength and perseverance to the young nations that would become the United States and Canada. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the name Meakes:
Meakes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
The Meakes 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: Jungor ut implear
Motto Translation: I am joined that I may becom full.
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