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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."

Meredith Early Origins



The surname Meredith was first found in Denbighshire (Welsh: Sir Ddinbych), a historic county, created in 1536 at the Act of Union with England, and located in Northeast Wales, 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.

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Meredith Spelling Variations


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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.

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Meredith Early History


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Meredith Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meredith research. Another 211 words (15 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.

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Meredith Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Meredith Early Notables (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...

Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Meredith Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Meredith In Ireland


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Meredith In Ireland



Some of the Meredith family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 51 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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
  • Elizabeth Meredith who settled in New England in 1654
  • John Meredith settled in Virginia in 1654
  • Love Meredith, who arrived in Virginia in 1660
  • ... (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
  • James Meredith, who arrived in Maryland in 1740
  • Edward Meredith, who arrived in America in 1760-1763
  • Jane Meredith, who landed in America in 1765

Meredith Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Hugh Meredith, aged 52, landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • Richard Meredith, aged 36, landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • Gilmor Meredith, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Emily Meredith, aged 29, landed in New York in 1862
  • John Meredith, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872
  • ... (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 emigrated 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 emigrated 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.)

Meredith Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

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

Meredith Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary Ann Meredith, aged 21, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Marion"
  • James Meredith, aged 21, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"

Meredith Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Mary Meredith, aged 14, a servant, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Fifeshire" in 1842
  • Richard Meredith, aged 20, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Accrington" in 1863
  • James Meredith arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Archives New Zealand Micro 5019. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Alfred. Retrieved from http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ourstuff/Alfred1864.htm
  • Emma Meredith arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Archives New Zealand Micro 5019. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Alfred. Retrieved from http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ourstuff/Alfred1864.htm
  • Elizabeth Meredith arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Archives New Zealand Micro 5019. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Alfred. Retrieved from http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ourstuff/Alfred1864.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Meredith (post 1700)


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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 20 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Meredith


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Suggested Readings for the name Meredith



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

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Motto


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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.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Archives New Zealand Micro 5019. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Alfred. Retrieved from http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ourstuff/Alfred1864.htm

Other References

  1. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  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. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  4. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  6. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  7. Thirsk, Joan ed. Et. Al. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  11. ...

The Meredith Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Meredith 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 24 November 2016 at 06:50.

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