Origin of the Name Meskell
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. The name Meskell has many variants, not only in ancient records but also in modern times. These include Mescal, Mescall, Miskelly, Mescill, Meskal, Meskel, Meskela, Meskellm, Meskel, Miskill, Miskel, Miskela, Miskele, Miskella, Miskell and Miskle. This name in Irish is O'Meiscill and the latter variants are the anglicized forms of this. This sept came from Limerick .
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. Irish septs and clans that are related often belong to even larger groups, sometimes called tribes.
The earliest reference to the name occurs in a Justiciary Roll in the year 1313 dealing with County Limerick . In the birth registrations of 1865 and 1866, 70 births where registered, 39 in Clare and South Galway , 10 in Limerick , 8 in Waterford and 6 in Wexford. In Griffith's Evaluation of the nineteenth century the name was popular in Wexford and Waterford and the current voters list in County Clare shows they are numerous there. The form Miskella is confined mostly to North Ulster .
The Meskell coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Meskell descendants.