Ive come across several different meanings -
1) Meale - Old English name meaning Mallow ?
2) Meal, Meall,Meill,Maill, Meil- a measure of grain weight (from northern england/scotland)
3) Meall - Celtic or Scotish word for hill or mountain of some sort
4) Mealman - an name of an occupation/job of someone who deals/sells/makes Meal. Meal could be grain or meat products (there seems to be examples of both)-so maybe its a food dealer of some sort.
I like the last explanation best. There are however Meale in Italy and someone told me they thought the name came from France.
In the family research I have done - the Meale name in Norfolk changed from MALE or MEAL during the 1700-1800s. There were 2 other groups of Meale in the UK during the 1800s- one in Wales and another London. (There may have been a third in Scotland)
I wouldnt mind betting that all the MEALE's in the UK did NOT have the same origin.
Good luck with your project. I would be interested in hearing how you got on and from anyone in your family who is interested in the Meale family history.
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