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The people known in ancient Scotland as the Picts were the ancestors of the first to use Meech as a name. It was a name for a timid person. Meech is a nickname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Nicknames form a broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, and can refer directly or indirectly to one's personality, physical attributes, mannerisms, or even their habits of dress. The surname Meech comes from the Old English word meek, which means humble or merciful.

Meech Early Origins



The surname Meech was first found in Fife, 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 Scotland.

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Meech Spelling Variations


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Meech Spelling Variations



In medieval Scotland, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations were the result. Over the years, the name Meech has been spelled Meek, Meeke, Meeks, Meik, Meech, Meach, Mekie and others.

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Meech Early History


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Meech Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meech research. Another 135 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1680, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Meech History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Meech Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Meech Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Meech In Ireland


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Meech In Ireland



Some of the Meech family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 139 words (10 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



In such difficult times, Ireland, Australia, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of Meech:

Meech Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Meech settled in Salem in 1629
  • John Meech settled in Charles Town Massachusetts in 1635

Meech Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Jessie Hannah Meech, aged 47, originally from Beaminster, England, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Adriatic" from Southampton, England [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J67X-WM2 : 6 December 2014), Jessie Hannah Meech, 23 Nov 1919; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Adriatic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Harry Meech, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Caronia" from London, England [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6W2-MYZ : 6 December 2014), Harry Meech, 02 Nov 1919; citing departure port London, England, arrival port New York, ship name Caronia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Samuel W. Meech, aged 28, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Mystic" from Marseilles, France [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J649-83P : 6 December 2014), Samuel W. Meech, 04 Dec 1919; citing departure port Marseilles, France, arrival port New York, ship name Mystic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Meech Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Matthew Meech, aged 28, a sawyer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Lady Macdonald"
  • Robert Meech, aged 35, a sawyer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Confiance"

Meech Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Henry Meech, aged 28, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Oriental" in 1840
  • Mary Ann Meech, aged 25, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Oriental" in 1840
  • William Meech, aged 21, a cabinet maker, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
  • Rebecca Meech, aged 25, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
  • James Meech, aged 26, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Indus" in 1843
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Meech (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Meech (post 1700)



  • Karen Jean Meech, American astronomer at the Institute for Astronomy in the University of Hawaii. Asteroid 4367 Meech, discovered by Schelte J. Bus on March 2, 1981, is named in her honor
  • William B. Meech, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 7th District, 1848
  • Stephen Meech, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Preston, 1823
  • Harold M. Meech, American Republican politician, Mayor of Middletown, Connecticut, 1917; Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Middletown; Elected 1918
  • H. P. Meech, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from West Hartford; Elected 1920
  • Ezra Meech (1773-1856), American politician, Member of Vermont State Legislature; U.S. Representative from Vermont, 1819-21, 1825-27; Presidential Elector for Vermont, 1840
  • Athol Charles Meech (1907-1981), Canadian rower who won the Bronze in the 1928 Summer Olympics
  • Thomas Cox Meech (1868-1940), English journalist, author and lawyer
  • Derek Meech (b. 1984), Canadian ice hockey defenceman and winger for the Detroit Red Wings

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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: Jungor ut implear
Motto Translation: I am joined that I may becom full.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J67X-WM2 : 6 December 2014), Jessie Hannah Meech, 23 Nov 1919; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Adriatic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6W2-MYZ : 6 December 2014), Harry Meech, 02 Nov 1919; citing departure port London, England, arrival port New York, ship name Caronia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J649-83P : 6 December 2014), Samuel W. Meech, 04 Dec 1919; citing departure port Marseilles, France, arrival port New York, ship name Mystic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Other References

  1. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
  2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  4. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
  5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  6. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  7. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  8. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
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The Meech Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Meech 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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