The German surname Meseck emerged in the lands that formed the powerful German state of Prussia
, which at one time was an immense German territory that stretched from France and the Low Countries to the Baltic sea and Poland. After the fall of the Roman Empire
, the German territories were inhabited by a variety of barbarian tribes. The borders of the barbarian kingdoms changed frequently, but the region that became known as Prussia
was roughly divided between the areas of Brandenburg-Prussia
, West Prussia
, and East Prussia
. By the 19th century, Brandenburg-Prussia
had incorporated East Prussia
, West Prussia
and many other German territories. Moreover, in the late 19th century, it led the German states in the unification of Germany.
Early Origins of the Meseck family
The surname Meseck was first found in Prussia
, where the name could be considered to have made a great contribution to the feudal
society which became the backbone of modern Europe. The name became prominent in local
affairs, and branched into many houses which played important roles in the tribal and national conflicts, where each group sought power and status in an ever changing territorial profile.
Early History of the Meseck family
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Meseck Spelling Variations
Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia
. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations
of Meseck include Meske, Meeske, Mieske, Mesec, Messec, Messeck, Meseck, Mesech, Messech, Mesac and many more.
Early Notables of the Meseck family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Meseck family to the New World and Oceana
played an extremely influential role in shaping modern German history. It remained a part of Germany
until after the Second World War. Prussia
was divided among the Soviet Union
, Poland, East Germany
and West Germany
. Many Prussians became residents of these new countries after the War, and many migrated to other parts of Germany
or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly to Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Meseck were
Meseck Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- August Meseck, who settled in Texas with his wife Auguste in 1846
Contemporary Notables of the name Meseck (post 1700)
- Carl Meseck, American politician, Mayor of Glendale, California, 1973-74, 1974-75