The Megginson name is an important part of the history of the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. Megginson is derived from the name Megg,
which is a pet form of the female personal name Margaret.
The name Megginson is a metronymic
surname, which is derived from the name of the mother, and features the common patronymic
which was most popular in the north of England
and superseded other patronymic suffixes during the 14th century.
Early Origins of the Megginson family
The surname Megginson was first found in Oxfordshire
where they held a family seat
. Commonly used surname in ancient times, Meg-son was literally the son of Meg or Margeret. The name proliferated in Oxfordshire
where John Megge was recorded in 1273. However, the popularity of the name diminished and by the year 1500 had become somewhat obscure. Modifications such as Meggison emerged and included others as Meggotson, and so on but the main stem of the family name moved north to Northumberland
. It was here at Whalton that a " barony was conferred by the Conqueror upon Walter Fitz-William, to be held by the service of three knights' fees. It was afterwards possessed by the Fitz-Rogers, Fitz-Roberts, and others 3 in the reign of James I. was held by the crown 3 and was subsequently granted to the Meggison family. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Megginson family
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Megginson Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Megginson were recorded, including Megson, Meggson, Meggison, Meggeson, Megginson, Meiggs, Meggenson, Meggy and many more.
Early Notables of the Megginson family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Megginson family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Megginson family emigrate to North America: Vincent Meggs and his two sons, John and Mark settled in Weymouth Mass in 1639; George Meggs settled in Virginia in 1652; and Francis Meggs settled in Virginia in 1667..
Contemporary Notables of the name Megginson (post 1700)
- Ernest M. Megginson, American politician, Mayor of Mobile, Alabama, 1942-43, 1945-46, 1948-49, 1950-51 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html