Meecham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Meecham is generally thought to be a local surname, derived from the place name Mitcham, County Surrey (today in the London Borough of Merton, London).

Early Origins of the Meecham family

The surname Meecham was first found in Surrey at Mitcham, a parish in the union of Croydon, Second division of the hundred of Wallington. "This parish, which is situated on the road to Reigate, is divided into Upper Mitcham, formerly called Whitford or Waterford, and Lower Mitcham, anciently Michelham, or "the great dwelling," a name probably derived from the district having been at an early period the residence of persons of distinction." [1]

Early History of the Meecham family

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Meecham Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Mitcham, Mitchum, Micham, Michum, Mitchem, Mitchim and many more.

Early Notables of the Meecham family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Meecham family to Ireland

Some of the Meecham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Canada Meecham migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Meecham Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Eliza Meecham, aged 13, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Prudence" in 1838

Australia Meecham migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Meecham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Meecham, British Convict who was convicted in Bristol, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Coromandel" on 25th June 1838, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [2]

The Meecham 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: Animi fortitudo
Motto Translation: The courage

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 19th March 2021). Retrieved from on Facebook