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Mees is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in 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.

Mees Early Origins



The surname Mees was first found in Staffordshire where they held a family seat. The name is associated with the village of Mill Meece, which was recorded in the Domesday Book, [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)
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.

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Mees Spelling Variations


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Mees Spelling Variations



Endless 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.

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Mees Early History


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Mees Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mees research. Another 199 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1608 and 1642 are included under the topic Early Mees History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Mees Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Mees Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Mees In Ireland


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Mees In Ireland



Some of the Mees family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 127 words (9 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



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

  • William Mees settled in Virginia in 1659

Mees Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • George Mees settled in Pennsylvania in 1761
  • George Mees, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1761

Mees Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Mees settled in Pennsylvania in 1804
  • John Mees settled in Ohio in 1850
  • John Mees, who arrived in Ohio in 1850
  • William Mees, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1856
  • Joseph Mees, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1866

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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)

Other References

  1. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  3. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  4. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  6. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  8. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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The Mees Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mees 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 31 July 2014 at 06:56.

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