Show ContentsMeigel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Meigel comes from the Middle English word "meikle," meaning "great," or "large," combined with the personal name John. As such it was probably originally a nickname for the bigger of two men named John.

Early Origins of the Meigel family

The surname Meigel was first found in Liddesdale, but in later centuries the name was fairly numerous on the northern side of Firth of Forth from Stirling to Dunfermline.

Early History of the Meigel family

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Meigel Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Meiklejohn, Mieklejohn, Miclejohn, Miclejones, Mikiljone, Meiclejones and many more.

Early Notables of the Meigel family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Meigel family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Meiklejohn, aged 32, who settled in Barbados in 1745; Robert Micklejohn, aged 23, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1849.



The Meigel 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: Vincit veritas
Motto Translation: Truth conquers.


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