Meekings History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Welsh Meekings surname is thought to derived from name of the village of Machen, located near Caerphilly, in the county of Monmouthshire.
Alternatively, the name could have been derived from the name of an ancestor as in 'the son of Matthew.' 
Early Origins of the Meekings family
The surname Meekings 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. 
Early History of the Meekings family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meekings research. Another 65 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1541, 1614, 1614, 1600 and 1675 are included under the topic Early Meekings History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Meekings Spelling Variations
Welsh 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 Meekings has occasionally been spelled Machen, Machin, Machon, Mackon, Makin, Makins, MacMacken and many more.
Early Notables of the Meekings 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...
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Migration of the Meekings family to Ireland
Some of the Meekings family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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| Meekings migration to the United States ||+|
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many people from Wales joined the general migration to North America in search of land, work, and freedom. These immigrants greatly contributed to the rapid development of the new nations of Canada and the United States. They also added a rich and lasting cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Meekings:
Meekings Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Richard Meekings, who landed in Maryland in 1671 
Meekings Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- William Meekings, aged 31, who landed in America from London, in 1899
|Contemporary Notables of the name Meekings (post 1700) ||+|
- Josh Meekings (b. 1992), English professional footballer
- Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)