Mead is a meadow or a tract of low land, the sense is of an extended or
flat, depressed land. The original name is de Piato, a Norman who
?angelized? his name. The first recorded in England was Hervey de Piato in
1200. The other version of the origin the family is they are of Saxon descent
and had been settled since very early times in Somersetshire, but moved to
Essex in the reign of Henry VI, early in the fifteenth century. Now possibly
there is a tie in between de Piato and the Saxon family, like a daughter de
Piato married a Saxon son, I haven?t learned that yet.