The lineage of the name Meddus begins with the Anglo-Saxon
tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in or near a meadow. The surname Meddus is derived from the Old English words mæd
which both mean meadow.
The surname Meddus belongs to the class of topographic
surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees.
Early Origins of the Meddus family
The surname Meddus was first found in Suffolk
at Witnesham, a parish, in the union of Woodbridge, hundred
of Carlford. "The family of Meadows, from a branch of which the present Earl Manvers is descended, have had a seat here since the time of Richard III." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Meddus family
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Meddus Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Meddus has undergone many spelling variations
, including Meadowes, Meadows, Meadow, Meddows, Meddus, Meadus, Medus, Medis and many more.
Early Notables of the Meddus family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Meddus family to Ireland
Some of the Meddus family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Meddus family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Meddus were among those contributors: Anne Meadowes settled with her husband in Virginia in 1684; Elizabeth Meadows and her husband settled in Annapolis in 1758; James and John Meadows settled in Philadelphia in 1860. Edmund Meadus of Poole, Dorset
, settled in Newfoundland in the 1830's..
The Meddus 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: Mea dos virtus
Motto Translation: Virtue is my dower.