The Mawdesly name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from having lived in the settlement of Mawdesley in the county of Lancashire
. The surname Mawdesly 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 Mawdesly family
The surname Mawdesly 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 Mawdesly family
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Mawdesly Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Mawdesly has undergone many spelling variations
, including Mawdesley, Maudesley, Maudsley and others.
Early Notables of the Mawdesly family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Mawdesly family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Mawdesly were among those contributors: 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.