The name Maxworth was brought to England
in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Maxworth family lived in Mogford, Somerset
. The parish no longer exists.
Early Origins of the Maxworth family
The surname Maxworth was first found in Somerset
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Farrington Gurney. Conjecturally they are descended from Azelin who held this manor from the Bishop of Coutances at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book
survey in 1086 A.D.
Early History of the Maxworth family
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Maxworth Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Maxworth have been found, including Moggs, Muggs, Muckford, Muckeford, Muckeforde, Muckforde, Moggeford, Mucksford, Mucksworth, Mucksworthy, Mugford, Mugglesworth, Mogford, Mogworthy, Mogsworthy and many more.
Early Notables of the Maxworth family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Maxworth family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland
, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. 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 Maxworth were among those contributors: Thomas Mugglesworth arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1861; Samuel Mugg settled in Virginia in 1651; John Muckeford settled in Virginia in 1648.
The Maxworth Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Cura pii diis sunt
Motto Translation: Pious men are a care to the gods.