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Early Origins of the Meggett family

The surname Meggett was first found in Selkirkshire, from the lands of Megget in the parish of Yarrow. One of the first records of the family was Randulf de Meggate, who was one of the witnesses to the perambulation of the merches of Stobo, c. 1190. Meggett is so ancient, that its origin is buried in such obscurity, as to become very difficult to trace. A very rare name, we must move centuries to find the next record of the family. George Meggot, who was "dompnus" of Neubotle in 1528 may be the George Megot who appears as a tenant of the same abbey in 1563. Later, the name is also found in Edinburgh in 1633 and 1659 as Miggot and Megget. "At Cramalt, on the Crammel, near the middle of the glen, are the remains of an old tower, which, according to the tradition of the country, was the seat of Megget of Megget." [1]

Today, Lyne and Megget is a parish in the county of Peebles (Peebleshire.) "Lyne is about three miles and a half in length and almost three in breadth; while that portion of the parish which was formerly the parish of Megget, situated at the southern extremity of the county, is about six miles in length, and more than five in breadth. A chapel of ease has been erected in the Megget district of the parish, to which is attached a good schoolroom. At Megget are the remains of two ancient towers, probably places of security in case of sudden incursions of the English, to which this place, situated so near the border, was peculiarly exposed; or they might be watch-towers, from which signals of approaching hostilities were displayed for the purpose of raising the country." [2]

Moving south, over the border into England, Yorkshire was home to some of the family. Megota de Rypon (Ripon) was listed at Wakefield in 1309. Here the name is thought to have been a diminutive of Magg, Megg (Margaret) and the spellings Megot and Maggott were found here too. [3]

Robertus Meggot-son was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls in 1379. [4]

Early History of the Meggett family

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Meggett Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Meggat, Megat, Meggot, Meggott, Megatt, Meggatt, Megit, Meggit, Meggitt, Megitt, Megget, Meggett, Meget, Miggot, Miggat, Miggott, Migott, Meggatson, Magetson, Maggetson, Megatson, Megetson, Meggetson, Maggot and many more.

Early Notables of the Meggett family (pre 1700)

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Australia Meggett migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Meggett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Peter Meggett, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bolivar" in 1850 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Meggett (post 1700) +

  • Emily Meggett (1932-2023), American Geechee-Gullah community leader, chef, and author who co-wrote Gullah Geechee Home Cooking: Recipes from the Matriarch of Edisto Island in 2022
  • Davin Meggett (b. 1990), American football running back
  • David Lee Meggett (b. 1966), former professional American NFL football running back who played from 1989 to 1998, awarded the 1988 Walter Payton Award

  1. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BOLIVAR 1850. Retrieved on Facebook