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The Meares surname is thought to derive from either the Old English word "mere," meaning "pond," or from "maere," which meant "boundary." In either case, the name was probably topographic, taken on by someone who lived near one these features.

Meares Early Origins



The surname Meares was first found in Somerset at Meare, a village and civil parish in the union of Wells, hundred of Glaston-Twelve-Hides, north west of Glastonbury. Nearby is Meare Lake Village, the site of an Iron Age settlement. The Abbot's Fish House was built in the 14th century when Adam of Sodbury was the abbot of Glastonbury Abbey. One of the first records of the place name was as Mere, which was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
The place name literally means "place at the pool or lake." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

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Meares Spelling Variations


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Meares Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Meares, Mear, Mears, Meer, Meere and others.

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Meares Early History


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Meares Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meares research. Another 121 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1634, 1715 and 1659 are included under the topic Early Meares History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Meares Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Meares Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 20 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Meares Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Meares In Ireland


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Meares In Ireland



Some of the Meares family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 53 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Meares Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Elizabeth, Robert, Henry, John, and Samuel Meares all settled in Boston in 1635
  • Henry Meares settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Hen Meares, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Tho Meares, who arrived in Virginia in 1650
  • Ann Meares, who landed in Virginia in 1651
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Meares Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Meares arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1839 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ORLEANA 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Orleana.htm
  • Anna Maria Meares arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1846

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Contemporary Notables of the name Meares (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Meares (post 1700)



  • Jim Meares, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Missouri State House of Representatives from Jasper County 1st District, 1964
  • Iredell Meares, American politician, Candidate for Governor of North Carolina, 1912
  • Richard Goldsmith Meares (1780-1862), Irish immigrant to Australia who became an early landholder and public official at the Swan River Colony in Western Australia
  • Leonard Frank Meares (1921-1993), Australian writer of western fiction who wrote over 700 books
  • John Meares (1756-1809), Irish navigator, explorer, and maritime fur trader, eponym of Cape Meares, Oregon
  • Frank Devenish Meares (1873-1952), Australian sportsman who played both cricket and Australian rules football
  • Cecil Henry Meares (1877-1937), British chief dog handler and Russian interpreter on the Antarctic Terra Nova Expedition (1910-1913)
  • Anna Maree Meares OAM (b. 1983), Australian eighteen-time gold medalist track cyclist
  • Ainslie Dixon Meares (1910-1986), Australian psychiatrist, scholar of hypnotism, psychotherapist and prolific author

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ORLEANA 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Orleana.htm

Other References

  1. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  2. 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).
  3. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  6. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  7. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  11. ...

The Meares Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Meares 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 10:05.

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