The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066 brought the Meldmay family name to the British Isles. They lived in Essex
. The name, however, is a reference to the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
in 1066, Mildme, France.
Early Origins of the Meldmay family
The surname Meldmay was first found in Essex
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Mulsho. This family were anciently the Earls and Barons Fitzwalter seated at Moulsham Hall in that County. They were originally from a place in France of the name Mildme. One branch of the family was found at Little Baddow in Cheshire
. "The church [of Little Baddow] is an ancient edifice, with a tower at the west end, and consists of a nave and chancel, in which latter is a stately monument of marble to [Sir] Henry Mildmay (1619-1692), of Graces." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Meldmay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meldmay research.Another 289 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1640, 1669, 1626, 1913, 1871, 1593, 1664, 1621, 1659, 1619, 1692, 1654, 1659, 1660, 1596, 1676, 1654 and 1656 are included under the topic Early Meldmay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Meldmay Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Mildme, Mildmay, Mildmy, Mildmee, Millmay, Mildmar, Miltmay, Meldmay, Mieldmay and many more.
Early Notables of the Meldmay family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Henry Mildmay (ca. 1593-1664), Master of the Jewel Office, an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1621 and 1659, a supporter of the Parliamentarian cause in the English Civil War, one of the Regicides of... Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Meldmay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Meldmay family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Meldmay or a variant listed above: Edward Milday settled in Virginia in 1650; Thomas Mildmay arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1852.
The Meldmay 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: Alla ta hara
Motto Translation: God my help.