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Where did the English Moody family come from? What is the English Moody family crest and coat of arms? When did the Moody family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Moody family history?

Moody is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name. It was a name given to a person who was a bold or impetuous person. The surname Moody is derived from the Old English word modig, which means brave, impetuous, or bold. Occasionally, the surname Moody is derived from the female personal name Melodia. In this case, this name is a metronymic surname, which is derived from the name of the mother.


One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Moody has appeared include Moody, Moodye, Moodie, Mudy, Mudie and others.

First found in Suffolk where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Moody research. Another 179 words(13 lines of text) covering the year 1563 is included under the topic Early Moody History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 39 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Moody Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Moody family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 127 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Moody arrived in North America very early:

Moody Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Simon Moody settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Samuel Moody, who landed in New England in 1635
  • Symon Moody, aged 20, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Deborah Moody, who arrived in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1640
  • Mary Moody, who landed in Virginia in 1641

Moody Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • George Moody, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Sarah Moody, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • Benjamin Moody, who arrived in New York in 1798

Moody Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • James Moody, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • Robert Moody, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1817
  • William Moody, who landed in New York in 1831
  • Nelson Moody, aged 20, arrived in Missouri in 1849
  • J Moody, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850

Moody Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Andrew Fred Moody, who landed in Wisconsin in 1907


  • Orville Moody (1933-2008), American professional golfer, winner of 1969 U.S. Open
  • John Moody (1868-1958), American financial analyst and investor, founder of Moody's Investment Services
  • Ralph Moody (1917-2004), American NASCAR, co-owner of Holman Moody
  • William Henry Moody (1853-1917), American politician and jurist, eponym of the USS Moody (DD-277)
  • David Moody (b. 1970), English horror writer
  • Michael Joseph "Micky" Moody (b. 1950), English guitarist
  • Lewis Walton Moody MBE (b. 1978), English international rugby union rugby player
  • James Moody (1907-1995), Irish musician
  • Theodore William Moody (1907-1984), Irish historian and professor emeritus at Trinity College, Dublin
  • Arthur Seymour Moody (1891-1976), British joiner and politician



  • Francis Moody (1769-1821) by Clara Lorene Cammack Park.
  • The John Wyatt Moody Family by E. Grant Moody.


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The Moody Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Moody Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 26 September 2014 at 11:14.

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