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The Irish surname Mecham was originally O Miadhachain in Irish Gaelic, which is derived from the word "miadhach," meaning "honorable."

Mecham Early Origins



The surname Mecham 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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Mecham Spelling Variations


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Mecham Spelling Variations



Lacking standardized spellings, scribes and church officials recorded people's name according to how they sounded. This practice often led to the misleading result of one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Mecham are preserved in the archival documents of the period. The various spellings of the name that were found include O'Meehan, Meighan, MacMeehan, MacMeekin, MacMeekan,MacMehan, MacMehon and many more.

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Mecham Early History


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Mecham Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mecham research. Another 236 words (17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mecham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Mecham Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Mecham Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Mecham 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



Under the rule of England, land ownership in Ireland changed dramatically, and many native Irish families found themselves renting out land to farm from absentee owners. This was one of the prime reasons that immigration to North America began in the late 18th century: Irish farmers dreamed of owning their own parcel of land to work for themselves. At this point, the immigrants were at least of modest means for the passage across the Atlantic was often quite dear. In the 1840s the Great Potato Famine created an exodus of people of quite different means. These people were most often destitute: they either sold anything they had to gain a passage or they were sponsored by philanthropic societies. Many of these immigrants were sick from disease and starvation: as a result many did not survive the long transatlantic journey. Although those settlers that did survive were often despised and discriminated against by people already established in these nations, they were critical to rapid development of the powerful industrial nations of the United States and the country that would later become known as Canada. An examination of immigration and passenger lists shows many persons bearing the name of Mecham or one of its variants:

Mecham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Mecham, who came to Barbados or St. Christopher in 1635
  • William Mecham, aged 20, landed in Barbados in 1635

Mecham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James, Barbary, Isaac, Jeremiah, and William Mecham, who all arrived at New York, from Ireland in 1817
  • Barbary Mecham, who landed in New York, NY in 1817
  • James Mecham, who landed in New York, NY in 1817
  • William Mecham, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817

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Contemporary Notables of the name Mecham (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Mecham (post 1700)



  • Leonidas Ralph Mecham (b. 1928), the former American Director of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts
  • Glenn J. Mecham (b. 1936), American politician, Mayor of Ogden, Utah; Elected 1991
  • Evan Mecham (1924-2008), American Republican politician, Candidate for Arizona State House of Representatives, 1952; Member of Arizona State Senate, 1960-62; Governor of Arizona, 1987-88; Defeated, 1964, 1974, 1978, 1982
  • George Mecham, British naval officer who participated in the search for Franklin's lost expedition
  • William Mecham (1853-1902), British cartoonist and performer
  • Evan Mecham (1924-2008), Governor of Arizona, and veteran of World War II

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    4. 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.
    5. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    6. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
    7. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
    8. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    9. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
    10. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
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    The Mecham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mecham 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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