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The German province known as the Rhineland is the ancestral home of the Meckel family. The German people originally used only one name, but as the population grew there was often confusion between people of the same name. This required people to adopt hereditary surnames. Many people took surnames based on nicknames - sometimes known as eke-names - that described certain personal characteristics. Meckel is a name for a person who was round and plump. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.

Meckel Early Origins



The surname Meckel was first found in Cologne, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Chronicles first mention Jeckl Mock (Mockl) of Iglau in 1359. It's literal meaning in Old-German was "plump." Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the feudal system.

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Meckel Spelling Variations


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Meckel Spelling Variations



In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Meckel include Mock, Moeck, Moek, Moecke, Moeke, Moekel, Moeckel, Moekl, Moeckl, Mockl, Mockler, Moeckel, Mockler, Muckler and many more.

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Meckel Early History


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Meckel Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meckel research. Another 211 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1722, 1760, and 1764 are included under the topic Early Meckel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Meckel Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Meckel Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Meckel 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



The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from the Rhineland who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. Many of those who left the Rhineland to seek their fortunes in the prosperous and free New World settled in the major urban centers of the United States and Canada. In the United States, the settlers from the Rhineland passed through immigration centers like that of Ellis Island, most of them moving on to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, and New York. In Canada, the majority of Rhinelanders settled in Ontario and the prairie provinces. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many important settlers to North America bearing the name Meckel, or one of its variants above:

Meckel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johan Christoph Meckel, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1737
  • Christian Meckel, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1749

Meckel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Frederick Meckel, who arrived in Galveston, Tex in 1845
  • Heinrich Meckel, who landed in Texas in 1845
  • Hy Meckel, who arrived in Galveston, Tex in 1845
  • John George Meckel, who arrived in Galveston, Tex in 1845
  • John Philip Meckel, who landed in Galveston, Tex in 1845
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Meckel (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Meckel (post 1700)



  • Vernon E. Meckel, American politician, Mayor of Hays, Kansas, 1953
  • Helmut Meckel (1917-1943), German Luftwaffe ace, recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
  • Christoph Meckel (b. 1935), German author and graphic artist
  • Johann Friedrich Meckel the Elder (1724-1774), German anatomist
  • Johann Friedrich Meckel the Younger (1781-1833), German anatomist, eponym of the Meckel syndrome
  • Klemens Wilhelm Jacob Meckel (1842-1905), Prussian general, foreign advisor to the government of Meiji period

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    2. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    3. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    5. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    6. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. 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. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    10. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
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    The Meckel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Meckel 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 10:08.

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