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Recorded in the spellings of Meek, Meeke, and the patronymics Meeks and Meekes, this is an Anglo-Scottish surname. It is medieval, and a nickname surname for a gentle or self-effacing person deriving from the pre 7th century word "meek" or the Old Norse "mjukr" meaning "humble" or "meek". However given the robust humour of the Middle Ages it must be considered that the name may have a reverse meaning, and the nameholders could have been the opposite of "meek"! The surname from this source is first recorded in the early half of the 13th Century (see below), and early examples of the recordings include Robert le Meke in the "Register of the Freemen of the City of York", for the year 1300, and Alicia Meke, whose occupation is given as "labourer" is registered in the Poll Tax rolls of Yorkshire for 1379...

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