The name Middelmass originated with the Anglo-Saxon
tribes that once ruled Britain. It is derived from Michaelmas
, derived from the season or day that the child was born.
Early Origins of the Middelmass family
The surname Middelmass 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 Middelmass family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Middelmass research.Another 351 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1497, 1530, 1566, 1590, 1603, 1629 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Middelmass History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Middelmass Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Middelmass has appeared include Middlemass, Middlemas, Middlemaist, Middlemiss and many more.
Early Notables of the Middelmass family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Middelmass family to Ireland
Some of the Middelmass family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland
is included in all our PDF Extended History products
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Migration of the Middelmass family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Middelmass arrived in North America very early: George Middlemane (Middlemast) settled in Virginia in 1679; William Middlemass, who came to Virginia in 1723; James Middlemiss, who came to America in 1726.