Meakins History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Meakins originally appeared in Gaelic as "O Miadhachain," which is derived from the word miadhach, meaning honorable. [1]

Early Origins of the Meakins family

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, Originally, "Ó Miadhacháin, this is the name of at least two distinct septs; it is now equally distributed throughout the four provinces." [2]

Early History of the Meakins family

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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.

Early Notables of the Meakins family (pre 1700)

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United States Meakins migration to the United States +

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 America. 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 [3]
  • Thomas Meakins, who landed in Massachusetts in 1637 [3]

Australia Meakins migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Meakins Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Levi Meakins, aged 24, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Gloucester" [4]

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 [5]
  • 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

  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) GLOUCESTER 1852. Retrieved
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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