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The Meers surname is thought to derive from either the Old English word "mere," meaning "pond," or from "maere," which meant "boundary." In either case, the name was probably topographic, taken on by someone who lived near one these features.

Meers Early Origins



The surname Meers was first found in Somerset at Meare, a village and civil parish in the union of Wells, hundred of Glaston-Twelve-Hides, north west of Glastonbury. Nearby is Meare Lake Village, the site of an Iron Age settlement. The Abbot's Fish House was built in the 14th century when Adam of Sodbury was the abbot of Glastonbury Abbey. One of the first records of the place name was as Mere, which was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
The place name literally means "place at the pool or lake." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

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Meers Spelling Variations


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Meers Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Meares, Mear, Mears, Meer, Meere and others.

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Meers Early History


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Meers Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meers research. Another 121 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1634, 1715 and 1659 are included under the topic Early Meers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Meers Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Meers Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 20 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Meers Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Meers In Ireland


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Meers In Ireland



Some of the Meers family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 53 words (4 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Meers Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Hannah Meers, who arrived in Maryland in 1658
  • Henry Meers, who landed in Virginia in 1664
  • Ann Meers, who landed in Maryland in 1677
  • John Meers, who arrived in Maryland in 1679

Meers Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joseph Meers, who landed in New York in 1794

Meers Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Meers, aged 33, a shepherd, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Constance"

Meers Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Catherine Meers arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1861
  • Julia E. Meers arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1861

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Contemporary Notables of the name Meers (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Meers (post 1700)



  • Gilbert F. Meers, American Republican politician, Candidate for Missouri State House of Representatives from Buchanan County 3rd District, 1940
  • Arthur J. Meers, American Democrat politician, Mayor of St. Joseph, Missouri, 1961-66
  • William Meers (1844-1902), English cricketer who played for Kent in 1866
  • Ernest George Meers (1848-1928), English tennis player who was ranked No. 5 in 1888; he won Wimbledon in 1885 and the US Open in 1889
  • Nick Meers (b. 1955), British landscape photographer
  • Nelson John Meers AO (b. 1938), Australian lawyer, 77th Lord Mayor of Sydney (1978-1980)

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  2. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  3. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  5. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  9. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
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The Meers Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Meers 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.

This page was last modified on 22 January 2016 at 20:28.

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