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Mey is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Mey family lived in Staffordshire. The surname Meese can be traced to the river of the same name in Staffordshire. Likely the original bearer lived by the river Meese.

Mey Early Origins



The surname Mey was first found in Staffordshire where they held a family seat. The name is associated with the village of Mill Meece, which was recorded in the Domesday Book, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
a census of England taken by King William in the year 1086. Robert Miee was registered in Normandy in 1198. In England, the first recorded ancestor was Richard del Mes (also recorded as Ricahrd Mey,) who was registered in Staffordshire in 1276.

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Mey Spelling Variations


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Mey Spelling Variations



Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Meese, Meece, Mees, Mey and others.

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Mey Early History


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Mey Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mey research. Another 199 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1608 and 1642 are included under the topic Early Mey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Mey Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Mey Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Mey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Mey In Ireland


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Mey In Ireland



Some of the Mey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 127 words (9 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



Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlanti c. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Mey or a variant listed above:

Mey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johan William Mey, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1727
  • Hans Simon Mey, who arrived in America in 1730
  • Hendrick Mey, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Anna Maria Mey, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Adolf Mey, who landed in America in 1747
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Mey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Anna Mey, aged 10, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1893
  • Frieda Mey, aged 14, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1893
  • Martha Mey, aged 4, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1893
  • Max Mey, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1893
  • Minna Mey, aged 8, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1893
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Mey (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Mey (post 1700)



  • Uwe-Jens Mey (b. 1963), Polish-born, German tow-time gold and silver Olympic medalist speed skater
  • Théo Mey (1912-1964), Luxembourg photographer
  • Reinhard Friedrich Michael Mey (b. 1942), German singer-songwriter
  • Karl Mey (b. 1879), German industrial physicist

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  2. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  3. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  4. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  5. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  6. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  9. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  10. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
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The Mey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mey 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.

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