Meeking surname is thought to derived from name of the village of Machen, located near Caerphilly, in the county of Monmouthshire.
Early Origins of the Meeking family
The surname Meeking was first found in Monmouthshire
(Welsh: Sir Fynwy), at Machen, a parish, in the union of Newport, partly in the hundred
of Wentlloog, South Wales
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Meeking family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meeking research.Another 189 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1541, 1614, 1614, 1600 and 1675 are included under the topic Early Meeking History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Meeking Spelling Variations
surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations
. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh
variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh
surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh
names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic
language of the Welsh
had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations
of particular Welsh
names are very important. The surname Meeking has occasionally been spelled Machen, Machin, Machon, Mackon, Makin, Makins, MacMacken and many more.
Early Notables of the Meeking family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Thomas Machen (c.
1541-1614), an English mercer who was mayor of Gloucester three times, Member of Parliament for Gloucester in 1614; Bathsua Reginald Makin (c.1600-c.1675) English middle-class proto-feminist who... Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Meeking Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Meeking family to Ireland
Some of the Meeking family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 145 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 Meeking family to the New World and Oceana
migration to North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries contributed greatly to its rapid development. These migrants were in search of land, work, and freedom. Those Welsh
families that survived the long ocean journey were critical to the development of new industries and factories, and to the quick settlement of land. They also added to an ever-growing rich cultural heritage. A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Meeking: Bernard, Charles, Hugh, James, John, Michael, Patrick, Steven and Thomas Mackin all arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1840 and 1860; Hugh, Michael, Patrick, Thomas and William Macken also arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.
Contemporary Notables of the name Meeking (post 1700)
- John Basil Meeking (b. 1929), Bishop Emeritus of Christchurch, New Zealand
- Gordon "Gord" Sydney Meeking (1890-1965), Canadian professional ice hockey
- Harry "Hurricane Howie" Meeking (1894-1971), Canadian professional ice hockey player