When the ancestors of the Demuthe family emigrated to England
following the Norman Conquest
in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Methley, Yorkshire
. Methley is situated midway between Leeds and Pontefract and the town dates back to Anglo-Saxon
times.The village of Methley contains a fine church dating from the 14th century with family tombs and medieval carvings which inspired the sculptures of Henry Moore.
Early Origins of the Demuthe family
The surname Demuthe was first found in Yorkshire
from very ancient times. At the taking of the Domesday Book
in 1086 the village of Methley, midway between Leeds and Pontefract, was held by Ilbert de Lacy, a Norman noble who accompanied King William in his conquest of England
at Hastings in 1066. The village of Methley contains a fine church dating from the 14th century with family tombs and medieval carvings which inspired the sculptures of Henry Moore.
Early History of the Demuthe family
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Demuthe Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Demuthe has been recorded under many different variations, including Methley, Methly, Mettley, Meythly, Methelay, Methlay and many more.
Early Notables of the Demuthe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Demuthe family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Demuthes were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Charles Methelay arrived in New York in 1891.