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In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Meux surname lived in the settlement of Meaux in the East Riding of Yorkshire. There is some disagreement about the relationship of this small hamlet and the commune in the Seine-et-Marne department in the Īle-de-France region of France by the same name. While the spellings are the same, some believe this is just coincidence. Whatever the reason, the surname Meux belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Alternatively the name could have been derived from the Old English word Meaw which meant "a gull" or a "sea-mew." To complicate matters more, Meaw was also an Old English personal name and mue, derived from an Old French word was a cage for hawks that was used while they were mewing or moulting. Accordingly, the name could have been derived from a variety of sources.

Meux Early Origins



The surname Meux was first found in Yorkshire where it is generally believed that the first record of the name was Algarus filius Meawes who was listed in 1016 as an Old English byname. Over one hundred years later, John de Mehus was listed in the Feet of Fines in 1196. A few years later, Hugo de Mues was listed in the Pipe Rolls of 1201. Thomas de Meuse was listed in the Feet of Fines in 1282.

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Meux Spelling Variations


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Meux Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Meux are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Meux include: Mew, Mews, Mewes, Meux, Mewis, Muse, Mewsse, Mowse, Meaux and many more.

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Meux Early History


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Meux Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meux research. Another 353 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1641, 1829, 1831, 1619, 1706, 1672, 1657, 1640, 1644, 1641 and 1657 are included under the topic Early Meux History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Meux Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Meux Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent in the family at this time was Peter Mews (1619-1706), an English Royalist theologian and Bishop of Bath and Wells in 1672, from Caundle Purse, Dorset; Sir John...

Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Meux Notables 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



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Meux or a variant listed above:

Meux Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Meux, who arrived in Virginia in 1713

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Contemporary Notables of the name Meux (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Meux (post 1700)



  • Sir Hedworth Meux (1856-1929), English naval officer, made Admiral of the Fleet during the First World War

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    2. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    5. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    6. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    8. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    10. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    11. ...

    The Meux Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Meux 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 9 September 2013 at 19:39.

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