Early Origins of the Medewald family
Northampton where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8) indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Maidwell, held by Berener from Mainou the Breton who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. There is an early record of an Alanus de Maidwell of Maidwell, Northamptonshire, in the 12th century.
Early History of the Medewald family
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Medewald Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Medewell, Maidwell, Meadwell, Mayedwell, Madewell, Mwedwel, Medwell, Medwill, Medville and many more.
Early Notables of the Medewald family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Medewald family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Thomas Medwell, who arrived in Barbados in 1635.
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