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Recorded 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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The first William Meadows came from UK University educated possible Vicar in 1600's possible planter! Lived in Newbay Castle (no longer exists) now Newbay House Wexford. The castle walls are still thereish. I just cant find from which UK Meadows family he comes from. According to 1912 Brooks he Died Jan 1721 and d ed sired to be buried IN St Iberius Church.


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