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Where did the German Meis family come from? What is the German Meis family crest and coat of arms? When did the Meis family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Meis family history?

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

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.


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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.

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Another 63 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Meis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
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  4. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
  5. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
  6. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
  7. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
  8. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
  9. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
  10. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. 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.

This page was last modified on 23 September 2010 at 15:38.

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