Meigs (Meiggs) Family History and Genealogy


Meaning of the Name

Vincent Meggs was the first member of the "family" in America. It was his son John who changed the spelling of the family name to Meigs. The reason for the change is unknown today. The name is of English origin and can be traced back to at least 1479 and in its early forms (Meggeson, Megson, Megge, Meggy) to 1273. It is derived from the name Margaret, as in "Mark, son of Margaret." the common nickname for Margaret was Megg. Therefore, "Mark, son of Megg" or Mark Meggson; then Mark Meggs.

For further information, see C.W. Bardsley, "A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames," Genealogical Publishing Co., 1967, page 526. Also, P.H. Reaney, "A Dictionary of British Surnames," Routledge & Kegan Paul, London, 1958, page 219.

The proper pronunciation of the name is "Megz" (rhymes with "eggs"). The most common mispronunciation is "Migs."


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