Purtroppo, riguardo a questo cognome, abbiamo trovato informazioni storiche solo in lingua inglese. Over the centuries the name Di Meo may have had many changes and the present form, according to our studies, appears to be different from the original. It is important to realize that the name may have gone through dialect variations, contractions, shortened forms of the original one, lenitions, errors due to incorrect transcriptions and voluntary changes. Therefore, we believe that the surname Di Meo came originally from MEE, on which we are able to provide the following historical and heraldic information taken from bibliographic sources of Araldicus. The Last Name of MEE was a locational name ‘of Meece’ a spot in County Staffordshire. The names of habitation are extrapolated from pre-existing names signifying towns, villages, farmsteads or other named habitations. Other classes of local names include those extrapolated from the names of rivers, individual houses with signs on them, regions and in fact whole states. As a general rule, the further someone travelled from his place of origin, the broader the designation. Someone who stayed at home might be known by the name of his farm or locality in the parish; someone who moved to another town might be known by the name of his village; while someone who moved to another county could acquire the name of the county or region from which he originated. Early records of the name mention Robert Meese of County Oxford, who registered at Oxford University in 1608.William Mee of March Croft, County Lancashire, was listed in the Wills at Chester in 1613. Mary, daughter of Thomas Meeson was baptised at St. James’s, Clerkenwell, London in 1691. Before the 1066 Conquest names were rare in England, the few examples found were mainly adopted by those of the clergy or one who had taken holy orders. In 1086 the conquering Duke William of Normandy commanded the Domesday Book. He wanted to know what he had and who held it, and the Book describes Old English society under its new management in minute detail. It was then that last names started to be taken for the purposes of tax-assessment. The nobles and the upper classes were first to realise the prestige of a second name, but it was not until the 15th century that most people had acquired a second name. A noble member of the name was Arthur Mee (1875-1943) the English journalist, editor and writer, born in Stapleford, Nottingham. He is most widely known for his Childrens Encyclopaedia (1908) and for his Children’s Newspaper. The bulk of European last names in states such as England and France were formed in the 13th and 14th centuries. The process started earlier and continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the 11th century people did not have last names, whereas by the 15th century they did.The name has many variant spellings which include Mees, Meeson and Meese…. Altri cognomi trovati: Mee, Mei, Memo, Mew, Mey, Ma, Mah, Mai, Maio, Mamo, …
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