Middelmess History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Middelmess is a name that dates far back into the mists of early British history to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes. It is derived from the place name Middlemass, a district near Kelso in the Borders region of Scotland, so named from northern Middle English word "midelmast," meaning "middlemost."
Alternatively, the name be from Michaelmas, denoting the season or day that the child was born.   
Early Origins of the Middelmess family
The surname Middelmess was first found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat at Middlemarsh.  
Middlemarsh is also a tything, in the parish of Mintern-Magna, union of Cerne, hundred of Cerne, Totcombe, and Modbury, Cerne division of Dorset. 
Early records in England are scarce but we did find on record of Thomas de Meddelmersee in 1297. 
So we must look to Scotland for early entries for the family. "The Middlemasses were vassals and tenants of the district around Kelso, and derived their surname from 'lie Middlemestlands in villa et territorio de Calco,' mentioned in 1029. William de Meldiemast who petitioned for a benefice in the gift of the abbot of Kelso, 1406 (Pap. Pet., I, p. 624) was probably Schir Wilyeam Myddilmast, the 'lwvit chapellain' of Archibald de Douglas, earl of Wigtoun, vicar of Selkirk in the first quarter of the fifteenth century." 
Early History of the Middelmess family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Middelmess research. Another 350 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1497, 1530, 1566, 1439, 1495, 1497, 1530, 1566, 1567, 1652, 1537, 1425, 1611, 1742, 1610, 1611, 1612, 1665, 1670, 1674, 1513, 1590, 1603, 1629 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Middelmess History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Middelmess Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Middelmess are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Middelmess include: Middlemass, Middlemas, Middlemaist, Middlemiss and many more.
Early Notables of the Middelmess family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Middelmess family to Ireland
Some of the Middelmess 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 and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Middelmess family
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Middelmess or a variant listed above: George Middlemane (Middlemast) settled in Virginia in 1679; William Middlemass, who came to Virginia in 1723; James Middlemiss, who came to America in 1726.
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