The name Mawdsley is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in the settlement of Mawdesley in the county of Lancashire
. The surname Mawdsley belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Mawdsley family
The surname Mawdsley was first found in Lancashire
at Mawdesley, a township, in the parish of Croston, union of Chorley, hundred
of Leyland. "Adam de Mawdesley was a ward of the duchy of Lancaster in the reign of Edward III.; Robert Mawdesley, the last of this ancient family, was living at Mawdesley Hall about 1760. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Mawdsley family
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Mawdsley Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Mawdsley has been spelled many different ways, including Mawdesley, Maudesley, Maudsley and others.
Early Notables of the Mawdsley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Mawdsley family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Mawdsleys to arrive in North America: Henry Maudesley settled in Boston in 1635; Richard Maudesley settled in Philadelphia in 1852; John Mawdesley settled in New England
in 1630; Mary Mawdesley settled with her husband and two children in Philadelphia in 1822.
Contemporary Notables of the name Mawdsley (post 1700)
- Richard Mawdsley (b. 1945), American artist known for his work in metalsmithing
- Robert mawdsley (b. 1952), English professional footballer
- James Mawdsley (1848-1902), English trade unionist and Conservative Party candidate
- James Mawdsley, British human rights activist campaigning for democracy in Burma
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.