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The surname Meekin originally appeared in Gaelic as "O Miadhachain," which is derived from the word miadhach, meaning honorable.

Meekin Early Origins



The surname Meekin was first found in County Leitrim (Irish: Liatroim) anciently the western half of the kingdom of Breifne, located in Northeastern Ireland, in Leinster province, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Meekin Spelling Variations


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Meekin Spelling Variations



Names from the Middle Ages demonstrate many spelling variations. This is because the recording scribe or church official often decided as to how a person's name was spelt and in what language. Research into the name Meekin revealed many variations, including Meighan, Meehan, Meegin, Meeghen, Meegan, Meakin, Meakins, Mekins, Mehan, Mehen, Mehigan, Mehegan, O'Meighan, O'Meehan and many more.

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Meekin Early History


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Meekin Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meekin research. Another 204 words (15 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early Meekin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Meekin Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Meekin Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 24 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Meekin Notables 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



To escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, thousands of Irish left their homeland in the 19th century. These migrants typically settled in communities throughout the East Coast of North America, but also joined the wagon trains moving out to the Midwest. Ironically, when the American War of Independence began, many Irish settlers took the side of England, and at the war's conclusion moved north to Canada. These United Empire Loyalists, were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Other Irish immigrants settled in Newfoundland, the Ottawa Valley, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, however, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America and Australia. Many of those numbers, however, did not live through the long sea passage. These Irish settlers to North America were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Meekin or a variant listed above, including:

Meekin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Meekin, who arrived in Maryland in 1667
  • Andrew Meekin, who landed in Maryland in 1670

Meekin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mary Meekin, aged 29, who emigrated to the United States from Batley, in 1897

Meekin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Ellen Meekin, aged 17, who landed in America, in 1901
  • Kate Meekin, aged 40, who settled in America from Sheffield, in 1903
  • Annie Meekin, aged 37, who emigrated to the United States from Belfast, Ireland, in 1907
  • Annie Meekin, aged 25, who landed in America from Workington, England, in 1911
  • Thomas Meekin, aged 23, who landed in America from Chorley, England, in 1914
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Meekin (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Meekin (post 1700)



  • Buzzy Meekin, American bassist and vocalist in The Danny Joe Brown Band (1980-1982)
  • George Jouett Meekin (1867-1944), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1891 to 1900, Temple Cup winner (1894) and he led National League in winning percentage (1894)

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    3. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    5. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
    6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    7. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    8. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    9. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    11. ...

    The Meekin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Meekin 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.

    This page was last modified on 12 June 2014 at 08:49.

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