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Early Origins of the Middleditch family

The surname Middleditch was first found in Shropshire at Middle, alternately spelt Myddle, Mydle, Midle, M'dle, Meadley and Medle, a parish, in the union of Ellesmere, partly in the liberties of Shrewsbury, but chiefly in the hundred of Pimhill. [1] Myddle Castle was built here c. 1308 by Lord John Le Strange but it fell into ruin and collapsed during the earthquake of 1688. One of the first records of the name was Richard le Midel who was listed in Oxfordshire in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. [2] Simon atte Middele was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Somerset in 1327. [3]

Early History of the Middleditch family

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Middleditch Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Middle, Middel, Midel, Mittel, Mittle, Middleho, Midelho, Mideleho, Middlehough, Midler, Middler, Midlar and many more.

Early Notables of the Middleditch family (pre 1700)

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Australia Middleditch migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Middleditch Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Matthew Middleditch, (b. 1785), aged 39, English convict who was convicted in Norfolk, England for 7 years for burglary, transported aboard the "Chapman" on 6th April 1824, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1846 [4]

New Zealand Middleditch migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Middleditch Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Middleditch, aged 31, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Era" in 1855

Contemporary Notables of the name Middleditch (post 1700) +

  • Bernard Middleditch (1870-1949), English international footballer who played for the England National Team in 1897
  • Edward Middleditch (1923-1987), English artist, member of the Royal Academy in 1973
  • Kenneth Arthur "Ken" Middleditch (1925-2021), British motorcycle speedway rider, father of Neil Middleditch
  • Thomas Middleditch (b. 1982), Canadian actor, comedian, and television writer, best known for his starring role in the 2009 romantic comedy Splinterheads
  • Neil Middleditch (b. 1957), British former speedway rider and the team manager of the Poole Pirates, son of Ken Middleditch

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. Convict Records of Australia. Retreived 26th January 2021 from on Facebook