The ancestry of the name Mahould can be traced back to the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a name for a maker of hoods. The surname Mahould is derived from the Old English words hod, hud, hood,
which all come from the Old English word hod,
which means hood.
Occasionally, Mahould may be a local
surname derived from the settlement of Hood in Rattery in Devon.
Early Origins of the Mahould family
The surname Mahould was first found in Devon
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Mahould family
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Mahould Spelling Variations
Mahould has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Mahould have been found, including Hood, Hoods, Hude, Hud, Hudd, Hode, Hoode and others.
Early Notables of the Mahould family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Mahould family to Ireland
Some of the Mahould 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 and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Mahould family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Mahoulds to arrive on North American shores: Adam Hood who settled in New Jersey in 1685; John Hood settled in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1630; Thomas Hood settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1682.