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The Welsh Meekins surname is thought to derived from name of the village of Machen, located near Caerphilly, in the county of Monmouthshire.

Meekins Early Origins



The surname Meekins 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. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Meekins Spelling Variations


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Meekins Spelling Variations



There are relatively few surnames native to Wales, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. Early variations of Welsh surnames can be explained by the fact that very few people in the early Middle Ages were literate. Priests and the few other literate people were responsible for recording names in official documents. And because most people could not specific how to properly record their names it was up to the individual recorder of that time to determine how a spoken name should be recorded. Variations due to the imprecise or improper recording of a name continued later in history when names originally composed in the Brythonic Celtic, language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, were transliterated into English. Welsh names that were documented in English often changed dramatically since the native language of Wales, which was highly inflected, did not copy well. Occasionally, however, spelling variations were carried out according to an individual's specific design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by minor variations. The spelling variations of the name Meekins have included Machen, Machin, Machon, Mackon, Makin, Makins, MacMacken and many more.

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Meekins Early History


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Meekins Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meekins research. Another 189 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1541, 1614, 1614, 1600 and 1675 are included under the topic Early Meekins History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Meekins Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Meekins Early Notables (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 Meekins Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Meekins In Ireland


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Meekins In Ireland



Some of the Meekins 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



During the latter half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, the people of Wales journeyed to North America to find a new life. They made major contributions to the arts, industry and commerce of both Canada and the United States, and added a rich cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Meekins:

Meekins Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Meekins, who landed in Virginia in 1654
  • Johanna Meekins, who landed in Maryland in 1669

Meekins Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Geo Meekins, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750

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Contemporary Notables of the name Meekins (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Meekins (post 1700)



  • William C. Meekins, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1928, 1936, 1940, 1944, 1948; North Carolina Republican State Chair, 1937
  • Theodore S. Meekins, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1932, 1944
  • Russ Meekins, American Democrat politician, Member of Alaska State House of Representatives 7th District, 1973-74
  • Mary D. Meekins, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1932
  • Mary Meekins, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1928
  • J. Charles Meekins, American Republican politician, Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives from Tyrrell County, 1915-16
  • J. C. Meekins Jr., American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from North Carolina 1st District, 1942
  • Isaac Melson Meekins (1875-1946), American Republican politician, Mayor of Elizabeth City, North Carolina, 1897; Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1904, 1912, 1916, 1924
  • D. V. Meekins, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1956

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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  2. Evans, Gwynfor. Wales: A History: 2000 Years of Welsh History. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-120-2).
  3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  8. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  9. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  10. Rowlands, John, John Rowlands and Sheila Rowlands. Welsh Family History: A Guide to Research. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1999. Print. (ISBN 080631620).
  11. ...

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

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