Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. Check marks indicate the level to which a name has been verified.
not set
Type Surname (from occupation)
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. 'meedz'  [key]
Other Forms FormsMeade, Mead, Mede

Meaning & History

The name Meades is a plural variation of the name Meade, Mead, Mede, etc., the spelling being rather arbitrary and phonetic in the middle ages (even among the very few scribes, clerics and high-born persons who were literate) and without due consideration of standarized form, hence the various spellings of the name today. One of the earliest written forms is to be found in the parish role of the village of Wraxall in Somerset, wherein the name is spelled 'atte Mede', being Old French for "of the meadow". The folk with this name were farmers, albeit many became well-to-do merchants later. The common supposition that the name may be appied to the maker of the honey wine called 'Mead' is myth and there is no evidence to substantiate such a claim.
Added 8/19/2022 by alberthead62