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The name Meese arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Meese 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.

Meese Early Origins



The surname Meese 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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Meese Spelling Variations


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Meese Spelling Variations



A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Meese, Meece, Mees, Mey and others.

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Meese Early History


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Meese Early History



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

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Meese Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Meese Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Meese In Ireland


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Meese In Ireland



Some of the Meese 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


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The Great Migration



Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Meese or a variant listed above:

Meese Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Meese settled in Virginia in 1682
  • Henry Meese, who landed in Virginia in 1682

Meese Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Fr Arnold Meese, who landed in America in 1836
  • Heinr Adolph Meese, who arrived in America in 1847
  • Henry Adolph Meese, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1850
  • Noah Meese, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876

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Contemporary Notables of the name Meese (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Meese (post 1700)



  • Bella Meese, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1988
  • Jonathan Meese (b. 1970), painter, sculptor and performance artist
  • Edwin "Ed" Meese III (b. 1931), seventy-fifth Attorney General of the United States (1985-1988)

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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. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  3. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  4. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  5. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  6. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  7. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  10. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
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The Meese Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Meese 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 14 January 2016 at 09:37.

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