Log in  | New? Register

25,213 MEAD members around the world

Stay informed about MEAD Family online & offline events!

Keep me informed as to MEAD Family online & offline events

My MEAD family came from?

See our recent family gatherings

MEAD Family History

Recorded in the spellings of Mead, Meade, Medd, Meads, Meder, Meader, and Meaders, this is an English surname. It has two possible and distinct origins. The first and most likely, being an English topographical name from residence by a 'mede or mead' The derivation being from the pre 7th Century word "moed", the later medieval "mede", and describing a water meadow or specifically land which was flooded in water, but used for grazing in summer. Early examples of the recording include John Atemede, who was a court witness in the county of Essex in 1248, being one of the earliest recorded namebearers.

Who have we missed?

Tell us about any famous MEAD (or surname variant) you think we should add here. We will get our genealogists to check them out and add them to the list. Thanks!


Join the conversation with the MEAD tribe

  • Find your MEAD ancestor
  • Tell us about your MEAD Family
  • Tell us about your MEAD ancestors
  • Ask a question about the MEAD history
  • Leave a message for MEAD family members

You are not register

Join Log in

Invite more MEAD family members!

Write an email address and click 'Invite' to share this page with more members of the MEAD tribe.

Log in or Register to invite others
Family Coat of Arms Generator

Why not see what your family crest could look like based on your own family characteristics?

Create Crest

Discover where the MEAD Family members live around the world

Explore where tribe members live today!


Show off the MEAD Family Crest…

Wear your crest with pride...plenty of products to choose from