The name Meadlemass is tied to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of England
. It comes from Michaelmas
, derived from the season or day that the child was born.
Early Origins of the Meadlemass family
The surname Meadlemass 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 Meadlemass family
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Meadlemass 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 Meadlemass has undergone many spelling variations
, including Middlemass, Middlemas, Middlemaist, Middlemiss and many more.
Early Notables of the Meadlemass family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Meadlemass family to Ireland
Some of the Meadlemass family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Meadlemass 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 Meadlemass were among those contributors: George Middlemane (Middlemast) settled in Virginia in 1679; William Middlemass, who came to Virginia in 1723; James Middlemiss, who came to America in 1726.