When Earnest Mead was born on 3 July 1865, in California, United States, his father, Thaddeus Wood Mead, was 27 and his mother, Mary Rebecca Honn, was 23. He lived in Willits, Mendocino, California, United States in 1910 and Little Lake, Mendocino, California, United States in 1930. He died on 18 January 1944, in Mendocino, California, United States, at the age of 78.
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 .