The name Meadlemas was spawned by the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture that ruled a majority of Britain. It comes from Michaelmas
, derived from the season or day that the child was born.
Early Origins of the Meadlemas family
The surname Meadlemas was first found in Lincolnshire
where they held a family seat
at Middlemarsh, some say before the Norman Conquest
in 1066, but like most Anglo Saxon families they soon found the oppression of the Norman intolerable, and moved north to Scotland
where they obtained lands from a grant from the King of Scotland
and became tenants of the Abbey of Kelso.
Early History of the Meadlemas family
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Meadlemas Spelling Variations
Meadlemas has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Meadlemas have been found, including Middlemass, Middlemas, Middlemaist, Middlemiss and many more.
Early Notables of the Meadlemas family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Meadlemas family to Ireland
Some of the Meadlemas family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland
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Migration of the Meadlemas family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Meadlemass to arrive on North American shores: George Middlemane (Middlemast) settled in Virginia in 1679; William Middlemass, who came to Virginia in 1723; James Middlemiss, who came to America in 1726.