Meldrum History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Meldrum family

The surname Meldrum was first found in Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Meldrum family

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Meldrum Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Meldrum, Meldram and others.

Early Notables of the Meldrum family (pre 1700)

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United States Meldrum migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Meldrum Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • George Meldrum, who arrived in Virginia in 1716 [1]
  • Michael Meldrum, who settled in Virginia in 1724
  • William Meldrum, who landed in Virginia in 1756 [1]
Meldrum Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alexander Meldrum, who arrived in New York in 1816 [1]
  • William Meldrum, who settled in Philadelphia in 1865
  • Charles Meldrum, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876 [1]

Canada Meldrum migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Meldrum Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • James Meldrum, aged 45, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Maria" from Cork, Ireland
  • Mary Meldrum, aged 17, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Maria" from Cork, Ireland
  • Mary Meldrum, aged 9, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Maria" from Cork, Ireland
  • James Meldrum, aged 7, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Maria" from Cork, Ireland

Australia Meldrum migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Meldrum Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Meldrum, Scottish convict who was convicted in Aberdeen, Scotland for 10 years, transported aboard the "Barossa" on 27th August 1841, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [2]
  • John Meldrum, aged 24, a stone quarryman, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Nugget" [3]
  • Mrs. Mary Meldrum, (b.1827), aged 30, Cornish housekeeper departing from Plymouth on 22nd October 1856 aboard the ship "Appleton" arriving in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 25th January 1857 [4]
  • Mr. William Thomas Meldrum, (b.1854), aged 3, Cornish settler departing from Plymouth on 22nd October 1856 aboard the ship "Appleton" arriving in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 25th January 1857 [4]

New Zealand Meldrum migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Meldrum Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Jason Meldrum, British settler travelling from Portsmouth aboard the ship "Duke of Portland" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 13th October 1851 [5]
  • Mr. Robert Meldrum, (b. 1817), aged 41, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Strathfieldsaye" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 29th April 1858 [6]
  • Mrs. Mary Meldrum, Scottish settler with 5 sons and 1 daughter travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Strathfieldsaye" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 29th April 1858 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Meldrum (post 1700) +

  • Courtney L. Pugmire Meldrum (b. 1977), long-distance runner from the United States
  • Andrew Meldrum (b. 1952), American reporter and journalist
  • Norman H. Meldrum (1841-1920), American politician, Lieutenant Governor of Colorado, 1887-89 [7]
  • John W. Meldrum, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oregon, 1896 [7]
  • John W. Meldrum, American Republican politician, Secretary of Wyoming Territory, 1889-90 [7]
  • Sir John Meldrum (d. 1645), soldier of Scottish origin who spent 36 years in the service of the Stuart kings of Scotland and England
  • Andrew Norman Meldrum (1876-1934), Scottish scientist
  • Colin George Meldrum (b. 1975), Scottish professional footballer
  • Duncan Max Meldrum (1875-1955), Scottish born Australian painter
  • Andrew Meldrum, Chief of Scottish Police
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Donald Meldrum, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [8]


The Meldrum 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: Mens immota manet
Motto Translation: The mind remains steadfast.


  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. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/barossa
  3. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 4th July 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Nugget 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/nugget1854.shtml.
  4. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html


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