Meeds History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Meeds family

The surname Meeds was first found in Somerset 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.

Early History of the Meeds family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meeds research. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1630, 1699, 1673, 1754, 1720, 1415, 1475, 1459, 1460, 1458, 1459, 1461, 1462, 1468, 1469, 1586, 1639, 1613 and 1627 are included under the topic Early Meeds History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Meeds Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Mead, Meade, Meades and others.

Early Notables of the Meeds family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Matthew Mead or Meade (1630?-1699), an English Independent minister; and his son Richard Mead (1673-1754), an English physician whose work, "A Short Discourse concerning Pestilential Contagion, and the Method to be used to prevent it" written in 1720 gave an important understanding of transmissible diseases. Philip Mede or Meade, Meede, (c. 1415-1475) from Mede's Place in Somerset was a wealthy merchant in Bristol and was twice elected...
Another 73 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Meeds Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Meeds family to Ireland

Some of the Meeds family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Canada Meeds migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Meeds Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Meeds, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752

Contemporary Notables of the name Meeds (post 1700) +

  • Edwin Lloyd Meeds (1927-2005), American politician, member of the United States House of Representatives for Washington from 1965 to 1979
  • Lloyd Meeds (1927-2005), American Democrat politician, Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney, 1962-64; U.S. Representative from Washington 2nd District, 1965-79 [1]
  • Benjamin N. Meeds, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from District of Columbia, 1868 [1]


The Meeds 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: Toujours pret
Motto Translation: Always ready.


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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