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The ancient Scottish name Meeks is carried by the descendents of the Pictish people. It was a name for a timid person. Meeks is a 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 Meeks comes from the Old English word meek, which means humble or merciful.

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The surname Meeks was first found in 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.

Translation has done much to alter the appearance of many Scottish names. It was a haphazard process that lacked a basic system of rules. Spelling variations were a common result of this process. Meeks has appeared Meek, Meeke, Meeks, Meik, Meech, Meach, Mekie and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meeks research. Another 135 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1680, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Meeks History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Meeks Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Meeks family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 139 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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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 Meeks name:

Meeks Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Moss Meeks, who arrived in Maryland in 1678

Meeks Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Ernest V. Meeks, aged 17, who landed in America, in 1896

Meeks Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Clarence Meeks, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Everitt Victa Meeks, aged 29, who settled in America, in 1909
  • Eugene Meeks, aged 67, who emigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • Catherine Meeks, aged 17, who emigrated to America from Tenahely, Ireland, in 1910
  • Hamilton Meeks, aged 48, who landed in America, in 1911
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  • Aaron Joseph Meeks (b. 1986), American NAACP Image Award-winning actor, from Watts, California
  • James T. Meeks (b. 1956), American politician, Democratic member of the Illinois Senate from the 15th District (2003)
  • Travis Shane Meeks (b. 1979), American musician, lead singer, guitarist and song writer
  • Jodie Meeks (b. 1987), American professional NBA basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers
  • Cordell D. Meeks, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1948
  • Benjamin F. Meeks, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at El Dorado, Kansas, 1894-98
  • Ben S. Meeks (1902-1995), American Democrat politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from Oregon County, 1937-38, 1945-56, 1961-64
  • Barbara Meeks, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 2012
  • Annette Meeks (b. 1960), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 2004
  • D. H. Meeks, American politician, Member of Georgia State House of Representatives from Coffee County, 1923-24
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  • Descendants of Nathan Meeks and Wife, Sarah C. Jones by Sallie Stewart Harrison.
  • The Meek Family of Washington County, Virginia by Danny Morris Fluhart.
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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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    1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    2. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
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    4. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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    7. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
    8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    9. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
    10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
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