The ancestors of the name Mawdesley date back to the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Mawdesley family lived in the settlement of Mawdesley in the county of Lancashire
. The surname Mawdesley 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 Mawdesley family
The surname Mawdesley 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 Mawdesley family
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Mawdesley Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Mawdesley are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Mawdesley include: Mawdesley, Maudesley, Maudsley and others.
Early Notables of the Mawdesley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Mawdesley family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Mawdesley or a variant listed above:
Mawdesley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Mawdesley, who settled in New England in 1630
Mawdesley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Mary Mawdesley settled with her husband and two children in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1822
Contemporary Notables of the name Mawdesley (post 1700)
- Robert Mawdesley, English actor