name Mawdeslay comes from when the family resided in the settlement of Mawdesley in the county of Lancashire
. The surname Mawdeslay 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 Mawdeslay family
The surname Mawdeslay 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 Mawdeslay family
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Mawdeslay Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Mawdeslay has been recorded under many different variations, including Mawdesley, Maudesley, Maudsley and others.
Early Notables of the Mawdeslay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Mawdeslay family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Mawdeslay or a variant listed above: 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.