Meggitt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Meggitt family

The surname Meggitt 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. Meggitt 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 Meggitt family

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Meggitt 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 Meggitt family (pre 1700)

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United States Meggitt migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Meggitt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • H. A. Meggitt, aged 44, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1897
  • Mrs. H. A. Meggitt, aged 41, who immigrated to the United States from Liverpool, in 1897
  • Frederick Salt Meggitt, aged 24, who landed in America from Sheffield, in 1898
Meggitt Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • George W Meggitt, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States from Gainsborough, England, in 1912
  • Joseph Meggitt, aged 69, who settled in America from Mansfield, England, in 1918
  • Loxley Meggitt, aged 45, who landed in America from Sydney, Australia, in 1918
  • Violet Meggitt, aged 31, who settled in America from Hull, England, in 1921
  • Barbara Meggitt, aged 10, who immigrated to the United States from Scinthorpe, England, in 1921
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Meggitt (post 1700) +

  • Joshua W R Meggitt, English Lecturer in Acoustical Engineering, University of Salford
  • Justin Meggitt, English professor and researcher at the University of Cambridge
  • Margaret Sara Meggitt (1866-1920), English political activist and Suffragette in Newport during the period of World War I; she founded the Newport branch of the National Federation of Women Workers and was the first woman to sit on the Newport Trades and Labour Council
  • Gary Meggitt, British Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong
  • Frank Meggitt (1901-1945), Welsh cricketer
  • Lieutenant William Geoffrey Meggitt (1894-1927), Welsh World War I flying ace credited with six aerial victories
  • Mervyn Meggitt (1924-2003), Australian anthropologist, pioneer researcher in Papua New Guinea and Aboriginal Australia


  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)


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