Mawpas is a name that was carried to England
in the great wave of migration from Normandy
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Mawpas family lived in Malpas
, a parish in the union of Wrexham in the county of Cheshire.
Early Origins of the Mawpas family
The surname Mawpas was first found in Cheshire
at Malpas, a large village and former market town, in the unions of Nantwich, Great Boughton, and Wrexham, chiefly in the Higher division of the hundred
of Broxton. The barony formed part of the possessions of Earl Edwin prior to the Conquest, and was given by the first Norman earl of Chester to Robert Fitz-Hugh, one of the eight barons of his parliament. The castle, the head of the barony, was built soon after the Conquest, and stood immediately adjoining the church, but today all that is left is a circular mound, on which the keep stood. The place name literally means "the difficult passage" from the Old French words mal + pas.
Early History of the Mawpas family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mawpas research.Another 151 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1625 and 1668 are included under the topic Early Mawpas History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Mawpas Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Mawpas include Malpas, Malpus, Malpass and others.
Early Notables of the Mawpas family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early Mawpas Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Mawpas family to Ireland
Some of the Mawpas family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Mawpas family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Mawpass to arrive on North American shores: George Malpas arrived in Philadelphia in 1856.