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Where did the English Meiggs family come from? What is the English Meiggs family crest and coat of arms? When did the Meiggs family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Meiggs family history?The generations and branches of the Meiggs family share a name that has its roots in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. The name Meiggs comes from the name Megg, which is a pet form of the female personal name Margaret. The name Meiggs is a metronymic surname, which is derived from the name of the mother, and features the common patronymic suffix -son, which was most popular in the north of England and superseded other patronymic suffixes during the 14th century.
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Meiggs include Megson, Meggson, Meggison, Meggeson, Megginson, Meiggs, Meggenson, Meggy and many more.
First found in Oxfordshire where they held a family seat. Commonly used surname in ancient times, Meg-son was literallly the son of Meg or Margeret. The name proliferated in Oxfordshire where John Megge was recorded in 1273. However, the popularity of the name diminished and by the year 1500 had become somewhat obscure. Modifications such as Meggison emerged and included others as Meggotson, and so on but the main stem of the family name moved north to Northumberland.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meiggs research. Another 223 words(16 lines of text) covering the year 1379 is included under the topic Early Meiggs History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Meiggs Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled 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 ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Meiggs or a variant listed above:
Meiggs Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Meiggs Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Meiggs 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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