Med History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Med family
The surname Med was first found in Somerset where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Med family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Med research. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1630, 1699, 1673, 1754, 1720, 1415, 1475, 1459, 1460, 1458, 1459, 1461, 1462, 1468, 1469, 1586, 1639, 1613 and 1627 are included under the topic Early Med History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Med Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Mead, Meade, Meades and others.
Early Notables of the Med family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Matthew Mead or Meade (1630?-1699), an English Independent minister; and his son Richard Mead (1673-1754), an English physician whose work, "A Short Discourse concerning Pestilential Contagion, and the Method to be used to prevent it" written in 1720 gave an important understanding of transmissible diseases.
Philip Mede or Meade, Meede, (c. 1415-1475) from Mede's Place in Somerset was a wealthy merchant in Bristol and was twice elected...
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Migration of the Med family to Ireland
Some of the Med family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Med family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Mead settled in Barbados in 1685 after being banished from the west of England by Judge Jeffreys; John Mead settled in Virginia in 1636; Samuel Mead settled in Barbados in 1680 with his wife, children and servants.
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The Med Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Toujours pret
Motto Translation: Always ready.