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The history of the Meece family name begins after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Staffordshire. The surname Meese can be traced to the river of the same name in Staffordshire. Likely the original bearer lived by the river Meese.
The surname Meece was first found in Staffordshire where they held a family seat. The name is associated with the village of Mill Meece, which was recorded in the Domesday Book,  a census of England taken by King William in the year 1086. Robert Miee was registered in Normandy in 1198. In England, the first recorded ancestor was Richard del Mes (also recorded as Ricahrd Mey,) who was registered in Staffordshire in 1276.
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Meese, Meece, Mees, Mey and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meece research. Another 199 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1608 and 1642 are included under the topic Early Meece History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Meece Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Meece family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 127 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Meece or a variant listed above were: William Mees settled in Virginia in 1659; Henry Meese settled in Virginia in 1682; George Mees settled in Pennsylvania in 1761; Thomas settled in 1804.
The Meece Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Meece 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.
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