Meiklejohn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Meiklejohn 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 Meiklejohn family

The surname Meiklejohn 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.

Important Dates for the Meiklejohn family

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Meiklejohn Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Meiklejohn family (pre 1700)

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Meiklejohn migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Meiklejohn Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Meiklejohn, aged 32, who settled in Barbados in 1745
Meiklejohn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hugh Meiklejohn, who arrived in North Carolina in 1800 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Meiklejohn (post 1700)

  • Alexander Meiklejohn (1872-1964), English-born, American philosopher, university administrator, and free-speech advocate, Dean of Brown University and President of Amherst College, featured on the 1928 Time Magazine, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Ben Meiklejohn (b. 1971), American politician from Maine
  • William Meiklejohn, eponym of Meiklejohn Stadium, University of Pennsylvania
  • George de Rue Meiklejohn (1857-1929), Nebraska Republican politician, fifth Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska
  • George de Rue Meiklejohn (1857-1929), American Republican politician, Member of Nebraska State Senate, 1885-88; Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska, 1889-91; U.S. Representative from Nebraska 3rd District, 1893-97 [2]
  • Andrew G. Meiklejohn, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Washington County 2nd District, 1864 [2]
  • Brigadier-General William Hope Meiklejohn CB, CMG, British military commander
  • Major Matthew Fontaine Maury Meiklejohn VC (1870-1913), British recipient of the Victoria Cross

Historic Events for the Meiklejohn family

Hillcrest Coal Mine
  • Mr. Adam Meiklejohn (1875-1914), Scottish Miner from Oakley, Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom who worked in the Hillcrest Coal Mine, Alberta, Canada and died in the mine collapse [3]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from
  3. ^ List Of Miners - Hillcrest Mine Disaster Data. (Retrieved 2014, June 24) . Retrieved from
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