Meerte History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Meerte 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.
Early Origins of the Meerte family
The surname Meerte 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.  The place name literally means "place at the pool or lake." 
Important Dates for the Meerte family
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Meerte Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Meares, Mear, Mears, Meer, Meere and others.
Early Notables of the Meerte family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Meerte family to Ireland
Some of the Meerte family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Meerte family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Elizabeth, Robert, Henry, John, Samuel Meares all settled in Boston in 1635; Henry Meares settled in Virginia in 1635; Humphrey and his wife Anne settled in Virginia in 1653.
- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)