Meredith History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Meredith surname comes from the Welsh personal name Meredydd or Maredudd. The Old Welsh form of the name is Morgetiud; experts state that the first portion of this name may mean pomp or splendor, while the second portion is "udd," which means "lord."

Early Origins of the Meredith family

The surname Meredith was first found in Denbighshire (Welsh: Sir Ddinbych), a historic county in Northeast Wales created by the Laws in Wales Act 1536, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Meredith family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meredith research. Another 106 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1597, 1589, 1679, 1656, 1659, 1666, 1701, 1701, 1529, 1600, 1558 and 1559 are included under the topic Early Meredith History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Meredith Spelling Variations

Welsh surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations of particular Welsh names are very important. The surname Meredith has occasionally been spelled Meredith, Meradith, Meredeth, Meridith and others.

Early Notables of the Meredith family (pre 1700)

Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Richard Meredith (sometimes Meredyth) (died 1597), Church of Ireland Bishop of Leighlin from 1589 until his death; Sir William Meredith, 1st Baronet of Leeds Abbey, Kent; Sir Richard Meredith, 2nd Baronet (died 1679), an English politician who sat in the...
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Ireland Migration of the Meredith family to Ireland

Some of the Meredith family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 31 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Meredith migration to the United States +

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many people from Wales joined the general migration to North America in search of land, work, and freedom. These immigrants greatly contributed to the rapid development of the new nations of Canada and the United States. They also added a rich and lasting cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Meredith:

Meredith Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Phillip Meredith who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • David Meredith, who landed in Virginia in 1650 [1]
  • Elizabeth Meredith who settled in New England in 1654
  • John Meredith, who settled in Virginia in 1654
  • Love Meredith, who arrived in Virginia in 1660 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Meredith Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Sampson Meredith, who arrived in Virginia in 1711 [1]
  • James Meredith, who arrived in Maryland in 1740 [1]
  • Edward Meredith, who arrived in America in 1760-1763 [1]
  • Jane Meredith, who landed in America in 1765 [1]
Meredith Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hugh Meredith, aged 52, who landed in New York, NY in 1812 [1]
  • Richard Meredith, aged 36, who landed in New York, NY in 1812 [1]
  • Gilmor Meredith, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • Emily Meredith, aged 29, who landed in New York in 1862 [1]
  • John Meredith, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Meredith Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Florence Meredith, aged 23, who settled in America from Liverpool, in 1900
  • Caroline Meredith, aged 56, who immigrated to the United States from London, in 1903
  • Fanny Meredith, aged 30, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1905
  • Henry Meredith, aged 61, who immigrated to the United States from Brandon, Manitoba, in 1907
  • Clara Meredith, aged 18, who landed in America from Shareshill, England, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Meredith migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Meredith Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Annie Meredith, aged 35, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1903
  • Charles Meredith, aged 38, who immigrated to Montreal, Canada in 1905
  • Blanche W. Meredith, aged 30, who settled in Toronto, Onto, in 1908
  • Ada Walsingham Meredith, aged 55, who immigrated to London, Ontario, Canada, in 1908
  • Frederick Edmund Meredith, aged 46, who immigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Meredith migration to Australia +

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

Meredith Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Meredith, (b. 1809), aged 25, English wheel wright who was convicted in Shropshire, England for life for highway robbery, transported aboard the "Bengal Merchant" on 27th September 1834, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • Mr. George Meredith, English convict who was convicted in Liverpool, Merseyside, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Bengal Merchant" on 24th March 1838, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Mr. George Meredith, (b. 1818), aged 23, English black smith who was convicted in Shropshire, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Barossa" on 27th August 1841, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [4]
  • Mr. Samuel Meredith, British Convict who was convicted in Gloucester, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asiatic" on 26th May 1843, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • Mary Ann Meredith, aged 21, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Marion" [6]
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New Zealand Meredith 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:

Meredith Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Meredith, Australian settler travelling from Port of Hobart, Tasmania, Australia on board the ship "Defiance" arriving in New Zealand in 1832 [7]
  • Mary Meredith, aged 14, a servant, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Fifeshire" in 1842
  • Mr. John Meredith, (b. 1792), aged 64, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 24th October 1856 [7]
  • Mrs. Marian Meredith, (b. 1798), aged 58, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 24th October 1856 [7]
  • Mr. Thomas Meredith, (b. 1838), aged 18, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 24th October 1856 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Meredith (post 1700) +

  • William Morris Meredith (1799-1873), American lawyer and politician, 19th United States Secretary of the Treasury (1849-1850), eponym of the USCS Meredith, an American schooner used as a survey ship
  • Samuel Meredith (1741-1817), American merchant from Philadelphia, delegate for Pennsylvania to the Continental Congress from 1786 to 1788
  • Private James Meredith (1872-1915), American marine during the Spanish–American War, recipient of the Medal of Honor for bravery
  • Edwin Thomas Meredith (1876-1928), American founder of the Meredith Corporation, United States Secretary of Agriculture
  • Olise Claiborne "The Claw" Meredith III (b. 1983), American Major League Baseball relief pitcher
  • Charles Meredith (1894-1964), American film and television actor
  • Donald "Don" Meredith (1938-2010), American football player and sportscaster, quarterback for Dallas Cowboys
  • William Morris Meredith Jr. (1919-2007), American Pulitzer Prize winning (1988) poet
  • Burgess Meredith (1908-1997), American movie actor, best known for portraying Rocky Balboa's trainer
  • James Edwin "Ted" Meredith (1891-1957), American winner of two gold medals at the 1912 Summer Olympics
  • ... (Another 21 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Meredith 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: Heb Dduw heb ddim, a Duw a digon
Motto Translation: Without God there is nothing.


Suggested Readings for the name Meredith +

  • 1289 The Merediths and Selveys of Virginia and West Virginia by Joseph N. Meredith, Your Family and Mine by Mattie Ellen Brown Trube.

  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 7th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bengal-merchant
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 13th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bengal-merchant
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/barossa
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asiatic
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The MARION 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Marion.htm
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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