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MEADOWS Family HistoryRecorded in the spellings of Meadows, Meddowes, and Medewes this interesting surname is English. It is a topographical name for someone who lived near grassland flooded in winter and used at other times for hay and pasture. The derivation of the name is from the pre 7th Century "maed", or Middle English "mede", a meadow. Topographical surnames were among the earliest created, since both natural and man-made features in the landscape provided easily recognisable distinguishing names in the small communities of the Middle Ages.
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