Melady History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Melady comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It was a name for a bold or impetuous person. The surname Melady is derived from the Old English word modig, which means brave, impetuous, or bold. Occasionally, the surname Melady is derived from the female personal name Melodia. In this case, this name is a metronymic surname, which is derived from the name of the mother.
Early Origins of the Melady family
The surname Melady was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Important Dates for the Melady family
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Melady 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 Melady has undergone many spelling variations, including Moody, Moodye, Moodie, Mudy, Mudie and others.
Early Notables of the Melady family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Melady family to Ireland
Some of the Melady family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 70 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Melady migration to Canada
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 Melady were among those contributors:
Melady Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- James Melady, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843
Contemporary Notables of the name Melady (post 1700)
- Thomas Patrick Melady (b. 1927), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Burundi, 1969; Uganda, 1972; Vatican, 1989-93 
- Margaret Melady, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from District of Columbia, 2008 
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