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

Meakins Early Origins



The surname Meakins 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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Meakins Spelling Variations


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Meakins Spelling Variations



Many spelling variations of the surname Meakins can be found in the archives. One reason for these variations is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. The different spellings 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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Meakins Early History


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Meakins Early History



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

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Meakins Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Meakins Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 24 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Meakins Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North Ameri ca. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Meakins name:

Meakins Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Meakins, who arrived in Virginia in 1622
  • Thomas Meakins, who landed in Massachusetts in 1637

Meakins Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Levi Meakins, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Gloucester"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Meakins (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Meakins (post 1700)



  • Ernest J. Meakins (b. 1877), American Democrat politician, Bricklayer; Naturalized U.S. citizen; Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from East Haven, 1930, 1932
  • Jonathan Larmonth Meakins OC (b. 1941), Canadian surgeon, academic, and expert in immunobiology and surgical infections
  • Jonathan Campbell Meakins (1882-1959), Canadian doctor and member of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, founder and first president of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • Stanley Meakins (b. 1860), former English professional footballer
  • Joan Meakins (1910-1977), English who was the first female glider pilot to fly over the English Channel
  • Peter Meakins, Australian journalist
  • Breanne Meakins (b. 1990), Canadian curler
  • Harry Meakins (b. 1919), English footballer

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    Other References

    1. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    2. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
    3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    4. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    5. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    6. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    8. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
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    The Meakins Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Meakins 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 4 November 2015 at 10:02.

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