It occurs to me that your surname Meija and the fact that you associated to Mejia, could be one several Mexias variants.
The Mejia from Spain have a Jews branch termed Sephardi. According to the Webster's New World Dictionary, 2nd Collage edition, Sephardi comes from Sepharad cited in the Bible, Obadiah 20 "The captives of the host of the children of Israel shall occupy the Canaanite land as far as Zarephath, and the captives of Jerusalem who are in Sepharad shall occupy the cities of the Negreb." Then Mejia comes from the Middle East region.
The other Mejia branch is from Navarre, Spain. There were some Mejia belonging to the upper class. Luis Mejia was noble and a womanizer as Don Juan Tenorio, who lost to Don Juan when they bet whom conquered more women in a year. There also were several noble persons that came to The Americas where no Jew was allowed to travel. Hence, Mejia from the Americas should not be Jews, but there were many ways of bending rules.
The heraldic books I read in Spain, said that these Jews, expelled from Spain in 1492 or forced to convert to Chistianism, adopted as surname Mesias (meaning Messiah in Spanish). The old spelling of Mesias was Mexias. Later, the X was changed to J (as in Mejia) or to S (as in Sochil--flower in Nauhtl). From this change on the X, it comes the several ways of spelling Mexias: Mejias, Mejia, Mesias, Mesia, Mecias, Mecia, and other variants).
Since I have been able to track my ancestor from Nicaragua to Colombia back to 1750, I would be interested in finding any connection to Meija from Latvia.
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