Maude History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Maude came to England with the ancestors of the Maude family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Maude family lived in Cheshire. Before migrating to Normandy and then England, this family was originally the lords of Monte Alto, in Italy. Their name is thought to be a version of this place-name which underwent significant corruption through translation through several languages before being Anglicized.

Early Origins of the Maude family

The surname Maude was first found in Cheshire where the family of Maude, originally the Lords of Monte Alto, in Italy, settled in the Lordships and manors of Montalt and Hawarden in the county of Flint.

Early History of the Maude family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Maude research. Another 160 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1174 and 1800 are included under the topic Early Maude History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Maude Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Maude are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Maude include Maude, Maud, Mawd, Mold, Mould, Moulds, Molds and others.

Early Notables of the Maude family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Maude family to Ireland

Some of the Maude family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Maude migration to the United States +

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Maude, or a variant listed above:

Maude Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Daniel Maude, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635
  • Francis Maude, who arrived in Maryland in 1663 [1]
  • Isaac Maude, who landed in Maryland in 1674 [1]
  • Jane Maude, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1682 [1]
  • Margery Maude, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1682 [1]
Maude Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Christian Maude, aged 42, who landed in Missouri in 1839 [1]
  • William Maude, aged 21, who landed in New York in 1854 [1]

New Zealand Maude migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Maude Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Sarah Maude, British settler travelling from Liverpool aboard the ship "Tornado" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th September 1859 [2]
  • Miss Louisa Maude, British settler travelling from Liverpool aboard the ship "Tornado" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th September 1859 [2]
  • Mr. William Maude, British settler travelling from Liverpool aboard the ship "Tornado" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th September 1859 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Maude (post 1700) +

  • The Very Rev. Robert William Henry Maude MA (1784-1861), English clergyman, Dean of Clogher from 1826 to 1862
  • Cyril Maude (1862-1951), English actor-manager, President of the Actors' Orphanage Fund
  • Francis Cornwallis Maude (1828-1900), English recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Lieutenant General Sir Frederick Stanley Maude KCB, CMG, DSO (1864-1917), British commander, most famous for his efforts in Mesopotamia during World War I and for conquering Baghdad in 191, son of Frederick Francis Maude
  • General Sir Frederick Francis Maude VC GCB (1821-1897), British recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Honor Maude (1905-2001), Australian world authority on Oceanic string figures
  • Henry "Harry" Evans Maude OBE (1906-2006), British civil servant and anthropologist
  • Francis Anthony Aylmer Maude (b. 1953), British politician, Minister for the Cabinet Office Paymaster General (2010-) son of the former Conservative cabinet minister Angus Maude
  • Angus Edmund Upton Maude (1912-1993), Baron Maude of Stratford-upon-Avon PC, British Paymaster General (1979-1981), Member of Parliament for Stratford-on-Avon (1963-1983)
  • Caitlín Maude, Irish poet and traditional singer


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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