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Origins Available: Scottish-Alt, Scottish
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.
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.
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.
More information is included under the topic Early Meeks Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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.
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
Meeks Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Meeks Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
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.
The Meeks Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Meeks 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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