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The distinguished surname Mee emerged among the industrious people of Flanders, which was an important trading partner and political ally of Britain during the Middle Ages. As a result of the frequent commercial intercourse between the Flemish and English nations, many Flemish migrants settled in Britain. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames are derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. Flemish surnames of this type frequently are prefixed by de la or de le, which mean of the or from the. The Mee family originally lived in the settlement of My in Flanders. The surname Mee belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. However, some experts theorize that the surname Mee may occasionally be a patronym derived from a pet form of the personal name Matthew.

Mee Early Origins



The surname Mee was first found in Nottingham 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.

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Mee Spelling Variations


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Mee Spelling Variations



Flemish surnames are characterized by a large number of spelling variations. One reason for this is that medieval English lacked definite spelling rules. The spellings of surnames were also influenced by the official court languages, which were French and Latin. Names were rarely spelled consistently in medieval times. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to specific spelling rules, and people often had their names registered in several different forms throughout their lives. One of the greatest reasons for change is the linguistic uniqueness of the Flemish settlers in England, who spoke a language closely related to Dutch. The pronunciation and spelling of Flemish names were often altered to suit the tastes of English-speaking people. In many cases, the first, final, or middle syllables of surnames were eliminated. The name has been spelled Mee, Meigh, My and others.

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Mee Early History


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Mee Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mee research. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mee History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Mee Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Mee Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Mee Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Mee In Ireland


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Mee In Ireland



Some of the Mee family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 218 words (16 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



Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Mee were

Mee Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Georg Mee, who landed in Virginia in 1633
  • George Mee, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • George Mee, who arrived in Maryland in 1651

Mee Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Esh Mee, who arrived in Virginia in 1701-1702
  • William Mee, who settled in Baltimore in 1775
  • John Mee, who arrived in Rye, NY in 1775

Mee Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • H C Mee, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • James, John, Robert, and William Mee, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860
  • Michael Mee, who arrived in Mississippi in 1868

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Contemporary Notables of the name Mee (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Mee (post 1700)



  • Thomas William "Tommy" Mee (1890-1981), nicknamed "Judge", American Major League Baseball infielder for the St. Louis Browns in 1910
  • Charles L Mee (b. 1938), American playwright, historian and author, professor of theater at Columbia University
  • John J. Mee, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Rhode Island, 1916
  • James Mee, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for South Dakota, 1912; Member of Democratic National Committee from South Dakota, 1920
  • Steven Mee (b. 1965), English former cricketer for Nottinghamshire (1983-1984)
  • George Wilfred "Georgie" Mee (1900-1978), nicknamed the Mighty Atom, an English professional footballer
  • Bertram "Bertie" Mee OBE (1918-2001), English football player and manager, younger brother of Georgie Mee
  • Margaret Ursula Mee MBE (1909-1988), English botanical artist
  • Arthur Henry Mee (1875-1943), English journalist and educator, best known for The Harmsworth Self-Educator, The Children's Encyclopędia, The Children's Newspaper, and The King's England
  • Michael Mee (b. 1985), Canadian ice dancer
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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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: Benigno numine
Motto Translation: By Divine Providence.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    2. 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, 1968. Print.
    3. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    6. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    8. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    9. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    11. ...

    The Mee Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mee 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 13 June 2016 at 09:21.

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