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Early Origins of the Meal family

The surname Meal was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat. This surname is associated with the village of Meolse, which was recorded in the Domesday Book in the year 1086. The lands were described as a coastal village on the southern shore of the Wirral peninsular on the River Dee where Roman and Saxon coins and jewelry were found at Dove Point. Geoffry and Simon de Mele were registered in Cambridgeshire in 1279. North Meols in Lancashire was of great significance to the family in early times.

"At the time of the Domesday Survey, three thanes held this place in three manors. The district now called North Meols afterwards fell to the barons of Penwortham; and in the reign of Richard I., Hugh Bussell assigned to Richard Fitz-Hutred the whole of "Normoles" with its appurtenances, which grant was confirmed by John, Earl of Morton, afterwards king, in whose reign the place gave name to the proprietor, Robert de Meolis." 1

Early History of the Meal family

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Meal Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Meols, Meals, Mele, Meal, Meale, Meolls, Meoles, Meels, Meeles, Meill, Meills, Meall and many more.

Early Notables of the Meal family

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United States Meal migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Meal Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Meal, who landed in Virginia in 1654 2
Meal Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • T Meal, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 2
  • T. Meal, who settled in San Francisco in 1850

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. 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) on Facebook