The German surname Mesick 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 Mesick family
The surname Mesick 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 Mesick family
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Mesick Spelling Variations
One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Mesick include Meske, Meeske, Mieske, Mesec, Messec, Messeck, Meseck, Mesech, Messech, Mesac and many more.
Early Notables of the Mesick family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Mesick family to the New World and Oceana
Much of German history has been shaped by the state of Prussia
. It was an enduring military power until after the Second World War. At that time, the state was abolished altogether and its land divided between the Soviet Union
, Poland, East Germany
and West Germany
. While some Prussians were content to remain in those countries, others moved away, many of them migrating to North America. They entered the United States mostly through Philadelphia, moving on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Others went to Canada, settling on the prairies and in the province of Ontario. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were: August Meseck, who came to Texas with his wife Auguste in 1846.
Contemporary Notables of the name Mesick (post 1700)
- William Smith Mesick (1856-1942), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Michigan 11th District, 1897-1901
- Jacob B. Mesick, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Columbia County, 1827
- DeWitt J. Mesick, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Herkimer County, 1889
- William Smith Mesick (1856-1942), American politician, United States Representative for the 11th Congressional District of Michigan (1897-1901)