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The surname Meis was first found in Austria, where the family was anciently associated with the political and religious conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. The family founded numerous branches, many of which acquired manors and estates in surrounding regions, where they contributed to the prosperity of their society.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Meisel, Misel, Meissel, Meissl, Meisl, Misl, Maisel, Meysel, Maysel, Maysl, Meysl, Meyssel and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meis research. Another 315 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1775, 1807, and 1853 are included under the topic Early Meis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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During this period prominent bearers of the name Meis were Ernst Adolph von Meissel, who served as Lord Chamberlain to the Queen of Sweden. Karl Meisl (1775-1853) was a Viennese playwrite with...

Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Meis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Meis Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Henrig Meis, who landed in New York in 1709

Meis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry Meis, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1843
  • Joh Heinr Meis, who landed in America in 1843
  • Heinr W Meis, who arrived in America in 1843
  • Henrick Meis, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1843
  • Henrich Meis, aged 37, arrived in Missouri in 1848
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    2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
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    7. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    8. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    9. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    10. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
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    The Meis Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Meis Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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