Show ContentsMeggson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the name Meggson begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from the name Megg, which is a pet form of the female personal name Margaret. The name Meggson is a metronymic surname, which is derived from the name of the mother, and features the common patronymic suffix -son, which was most popular in the north of England and superseded other patronymic suffixes during the 13th century. Megge was first listed in Yorkshire in 1254. 1 To the south east, John Megge was recorded in the Berkshire in 1275 and later, Robert Megges was found in the Feet of Fines for Wiltshire in 1357. 1

Early Origins of the Meggson family

The surname Meggson 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 Margaret. The name proliferated in Oxfordshire where Johannes (John) filius Megge was recorded in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. Later Adam Meggesone was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Cumberland in 1332. 1

The Hundredorum Rolls also included: Johannes Megge, Oxfordshire; Robert Megge, Bedfordshire; and John Megge, Berkshire. 2 The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 include: Johannes Mekson; Robertus Megson; and Johannes Megson. 2

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. " 3

"The Megsons have contracted their name from Megginson, another name characterising this part of Yorkshire. On the tombstone of the wife of Francis Megson, who was buried in St. Olave's churchyard, York, in 1718, there is, or was, the following inscription: -

'Under this stone, crammed in a hole, does lye

The best of wives that ever man laid by.' " 4

Early History of the Meggson family

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Meggson Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Meggson has been recorded under many different variations, including Megson, Meggson, Meggison, Meggeson, Megginson, Meiggs, Meggenson, Meggy and many more.

Early Notables of the Meggson family

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Migration of the Meggson family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Meggson or a variant listed above: 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..

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print. on Facebook