When Mordica W Mead was born on 24 May 1843, in Beemerville, Wantage, Sussex, New Jersey, United States, his father, Amos Mead, was 40 and his mother, Elizabeth Appleman, was 42. He married Jane L Riker in 1867. He lived in Brooklyn Township, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, United States in 1900 and Brooklyn, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, United States in 1910. He died on 4 July 1920, in Skippack, Skippack Township, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 77.
topographic name for someone who lived by a meadow, from Middle English mede ‘meadow’ (Old English mǣd), or a habitational name from one or more of the many places so named, such as Meads in Harford (Devon).
perhaps from Middle English mede ‘mead, alcoholic drink of fermented honey and water’, possibly denoting one who was fond of the drink or who made or sold mead. Compare Meader .