England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Mees family lived in Staffordshire. The surname Meese can be traced to the river of the same name in Staffordshire. Likely the original bearer lived by the river Meese.
Early Origins of the Mees family
Staffordshire where they held a family seat. The name is associated with the village of Mill Meece, which was recorded in the Domesday Book, CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8) a census of England taken by King William in the year 1086. Robert Miee was registered in Normandy in 1198. In England, the first recorded ancestor was Richard del Mes (also recorded as Ricahrd Mey,) who was registered in Staffordshire in 1276.
Early History of the Mees family
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Mees Spelling Variations
spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Meese, Meece, Mees, Mey and others.
Early Notables of the Mees family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Mees family to Ireland
Some of the Mees family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Mees family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Mees or a variant listed above:
Mees Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Mees Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Mees Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
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