Meffen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Meffen family

The surname Meffen was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, where they were granted lands by Malcolm Canmore, King of Scotland, in 1069 in the Barony of Methven.

Early History of the Meffen family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meffen research. Another 130 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1363, 1650, 1706 and 1703 are included under the topic Early Meffen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Meffen Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Methuen, Methven, Methfyn, Methfen and others.

Early Notables of the Meffen family (pre 1700)

Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Meffen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Meffen family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Paul Methwin, who arrived in Virginia in 1664; Alexander Methven, who arrived in South Carolina in 1807; John Methven, who settled in Charles Town in 1767.



The Meffen Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Marte et clypeo
Motto Translation: By war and the shield.


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