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Meeck History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Scottish name Meeck is carried by the descendents of the Pictish people. It was a name for a timid person. Meeck 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 Meeck comes from the Old English word meek, which means humble or merciful.

Early Origins of the Meeck family

The surname Meeck 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.

Early History of the Meeck family

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

Meeck Spelling Variations

When the first dictionaries were invented in the last few hundred years, spelling gradually became standardized. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound. Names were often recorded under different spelling variations every time they were written. Meeck has been written Meek, Meeke, Meeks, Meik, Meech, Meach, Mekie and others.

Early Notables of the Meeck family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Meeck family to Ireland

Some of the Meeck 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.

Migration of the Meeck family to the New World and Oceana

The crossing to North America did not seem so great in comparison with the hardships many Scots endured at home. It was long, expensive, and cramped, but also rewarding. North America offered land and the chance for settlers to prove themselves in a new place. And many did prove themselves as they fought to forge a new nation in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of those Scots can now experience much of their once-lost heritage through the Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up across North America in the last century. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Meeck: Francis Meeke settled in Virginia in 1663; along with John and William; Thomas Meeke settled in Virginia in 1741; John Meech settled in Salem in 1629.

The Meeck 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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