Mawdley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient roots of the Mawdley family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Mawdley comes from when the family lived in the settlement of Mawdesley in the county of Lancashire. The surname Mawdley 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 Mawdley family

The surname Mawdley 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. " [1]

Important Dates for the Mawdley family

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Mawdley Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Mawdley has appeared include Mawdesley, Maudesley, Maudsley and others.

Early Notables of the Mawdley family (pre 1700)

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Mawdley migration to the United States

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Mawdley arrived in North America very early:

Mawdley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Captain Mawdley, who settled in Boston in 1763

Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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