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 Meekes comes from the Old English word meek, which means humble or merciful.
Early Origins of the Meekes family
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 Meekes family
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Meekes Spelling Variations
Spelling variations were a common result of this process. Meekes has appeared Meek, Meeke, Meeks, Meik, Meech, Meach, Mekie and others.
Early Notables of the Meekes family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Meekes family to Ireland
Some of the Meekes family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Meekes family to the New World and Oceana
Many Scots left their country to travel to the North American colonies in search of the freedom they could not find at home. Of those who survived the difficult voyage, many found the freedom they so desired. There they could choose their own beliefs and allegiances. Some became United Empire Loyalists and others fought in the American War of Independence. The Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up in the last century have allowed many of these disparate Scots to recover their collective national identity. A search of immigration and passenger ship lists revealed many early settlers bearing the Meekes name:
Meekes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Meekes Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
The Meekes 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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