The ancestors of the Maudslay surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name comes from when they lived in the settlement of Mawdesley in the county of Lancashire
. The surname Maudslay 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 Maudslay family
The surname Maudslay 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 Maudslay family
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Maudslay Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Maudslay include Mawdesley, Maudesley, Maudsley and others.
Early Notables of the Maudslay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Maudslay family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: 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 Maudslay (post 1700)
- Algernon Maudslay CBE (1873-1948), English two-time gold medalist sailor at the 1900 Summer Olympics
- Reginald Walter Maudslay (1871-1934), English car manufacturer and founder of the Standard Motor Company
- Cyril C. Maudslay, English founder of the Maudslay Motor Company, an English vehicle maker based in Coventry in 1902, great grandson of Henry Maudslay
- Henry Maudslay (1771-1831), English machine tool innovator, tool and die maker, and inventor, a founding father of machine tool technology, founder of Maudslay, Sons and Field in 1798
- Alfred Percival Maudslay (1850-1931), British colonial diplomat, explorer and archaeologist, one of the first Europeans to study Maya ruins