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The surname Meakin originally appeared in Gaelic as "O Miadhachain," which is derived from the word miadhach, meaning honorable.

Meakin Early Origins



The surname Meakin was first found in County Leitrim (Irish: Liatroim) anciently the western half of the kingdom of Breifne, located in Northeastern Ireland, in Leinster province, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Meakin Spelling Variations


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Meakin Spelling Variations



Pronunciation, rather than spelling, guided scribes and church officials when recording names during the Middle Ages. This practice often resulted in one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Meakin are preserved in these old documents. The various spellings of the name that were found include Meighan, Meehan, Meegin, Meeghen, Meegan, Meakin, Meakins, Mekins, Mehan, Mehen, Mehigan, Mehegan, O'Meighan, O'Meehan and many more.

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Meakin Early History


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Meakin Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meakin research. Another 204 words (15 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early Meakin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Meakin Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Meakin Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 24 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Meakin Notables 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



A massive amount of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century for North America and Australia in hopes of finding more opportunities and an escape from discrimination and oppression. A great portion of these migrants arrived on the eastern shores of the North American continent. Although they were generally poor and destitute, and, therefore, again discriminated against, these Irish people were heartily welcomed for the hard labor involved in the construction of railroads, canals, roadways, and buildings. Many others were put to work in the newly established factories or agricultural projects that were so essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the world. The Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s initiated the largest wave of Iris immigration. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name Meakin or a variant listed above:

Meakin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Meakin, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1868

Meakin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Budgett Meakin, aged 37, who settled in America from London, in 1903
  • Harry Meakin, aged 26, who landed in America from Nottingham, in 1905
  • Gertrude Meakin, aged 34, who landed in America from Stockport, England, in 1907
  • James Meakin, aged 25, who settled in America from Chorley, England, in 1907
  • Edith Meakin, aged 35, who emigrated to America from Liverpool, England, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Meakin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Ann C. Meakin, aged 19, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Seringapatam" in 1856

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Contemporary Notables of the name Meakin (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Meakin (post 1700)



  • Lewis Henry Meakin (1850-1917), American Impressionist landscape artist
  • Stanley Meakin (b. 1860), former English professional footballer
  • Joan Meakin (1910-1977), English first female glider pilot to fly over the English Channel
  • Peter Meakin, Australian journalist
  • Breanne Meakin (b. 1990), Canadian gold and two-time silver medalist curler
  • Harry Meakin (b. 1919), English footballer
  • Alfred Meakin (b. 1938), British retired track and field athlete

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Meakin Historic Events


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Meakin Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Harry Meakin (b. 1912), English Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Maidstone, Kent, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    2. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    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. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    7. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
    8. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
    9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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    The Meakin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Meakin 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 June 2014 at 09:21.

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