Mead Name Study

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Please join the effort by placing the following above the biography line in each of your Mead profiles:
{{One Name Study| name=Mead}}


Mead Name Meaning

  • A topographic name for someone who lived by a meadow, from Middle English mede ‘meadow’ (Old English m?d).
  • Or metonymic occupational name for a brewer or seller of mead (Old English meodu), an alcoholic beverage made by fermenting honey.

Our Goals

* Work cooperatively together with other Mead profile managers to create the best Mead tree possible. * Add the category for Mead Name Study to profiles. * Search out original rather than derivative documentation and add sources to Mead profiles. * Write comprehensive, well-sourced biographies for Mead profiles. * Check for duplicates and request merges. * If you are a male with the surname Mead, Meade, etc., and haven't already, please consider testing your yDNA so that we can all have a better understanding of our heritage and possibly make new discoveries.

What are the Main Branches of the Mead family in America?

Descendants of:
    • Gabriel(Goodman) Mead abt 1635 in Massachusetts.
    • William Mead abt 1635 in Connecticut.
    • Andrew Mead Ireland to Virginia abt 1685.
    • Jon Mead to Virginia in 1642
    • Robt Mead to Virginia in 1662
    • Francis Mead to Maryland in 1680
    • William Mead in Cecil County, Maryland, about 1680


What are the key reference works on the family?

How to Join

Please contact the project leader Jerry Mead or post a comment to the right. If you have any questions, just ask. Thanks!


  1. "The Mead Family", Spencer P. Mead, 1901 New York, Knickerbocker Press.
  2. "Ye Historie of the Town of Greenwich..", Spencer P. Mead, 1911, New York, Knickerbocker Press
  3. "The English Origin of William Mead of Stamford, Connecticut" The American Genealogist, Volume 73, page 1.
  4. "Some of the Meads", G. C. Callahan, The William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. 10, No. 3 (Jan., 1902), pp. 191-197. Published by: Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture DOI: 10.2307/1915231 Stable URL:

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I think the ONS sticker should be *below* the =Biography= header and your sentence in the bio should be altered accordingly. It is a sticker, after all...
posted by Ros Haywood
My great grandfather was Henry Mead born in England around 1835 died in Wilkes-Barre. PA 1913, Son of James Meas & Estella Barnes both of England
posted by Rose (Meade) Ziminsky
Hi there. I am looking for the family of Cecil and Helen Mead. He was a watchmaker, I would guess in the 1800's. Apparently, they lived to be in their 90's. They had a granddaughter called Vida Helen Melvin Mead. Thank you for any help.
posted by Deborah Elder
My grandfather is Colin Mead, my dad was David John mead we live in Wales United Kingdom.

I'm interested in locating family members. I think we are originally from Ireland?

I will be starting a family tree however I'm not too sure if we travelled to America it would be interesting to see.😁

posted by Mike Mead
Who was the earliest Mead in Australia?
posted by Jerry Mead
Need a Co-Profile Manager. I am not keeping up with this page. Any volunteers?
posted by Jerry Mead
I would like to be a part of the Mead name study. My mother was a Mead.
posted by Frank Davenport III
My great great grandparents were James and Mary Mead from Ireland (I'm told by relatives). Mary Mead arrived at Port Adelaide South Australia about 1866 with her baby also named Mary (Agnes) Mead. Mary Agnes Mead my great grandmother married Charles Hodge. Their daughter Emily Florence Hodge, my grandmother, married Neil McPhee. I have only been able to find one couple named James and Mary Mead in Adelaide at the given period of time applicable to my ancestors. This relates to husband James Mead and wife Mary Nee McCulloch Mead. I have not been able to find verification of a connection though with the McCulloch family other than them having the same name as my great great grandparents and their living in the same proximity.
I am not sure, but I do not think my Mead / Meade family is on your list. Mine starts with Kesiah MEAD (b. abt. 1805, d. abt. 1843, m. Thomas Blackburn AKERS on 24 April 1823 in Floyd County, Kentucky. Kesiah was the daughter of Samuel MEAD and Catherine GOODBREAD. Kesiah was the grand daughter of Robert MEAD who married Hannah RHODES. Robert was a Revolutionary War Patriot. I think that Robert's father was John Mead who I have born about 1703 in Cecil County, Maryland.
posted by Jeanne Howell
Should all Mead's be added to this one name study? I have quite a few in my direct line.
posted by S (Hill) Willson
James Mead, b 1773 in Rutland, VT, married Phebe Smith December 1, 1796. Does anyone have any information on Phebe's parents?
posted by S (Hill) Willson
Thanks for starting this page!

With the Main Branches of the family, are you trying to capture the first immigrants to New England? If so, might William Mead be one that is listed? He might be related to Gabriel, but I haven't looked yet.

posted by S (Hill) Willson
Hi Gerald,

I've added your project to a better category so people can find you. Sounds like it would fit well in our One Name Studies Project. Thanks for starting it!

posted by Abby (Brown) Glann