Middlemas History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Middlemas is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from Michaelmas, derived from the season or day that the child was born.

Early Origins of the Middlemas family

The surname Middlemas 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.

Important Dates for the Middlemas family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Middlemas research. Another 176 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1497, 1530, 1566, 1590, 1603, 1629 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Middlemas History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Middlemas Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Middlemas include Middlemass, Middlemas, Middlemaist, Middlemiss and many more.

Early Notables of the Middlemas family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Middlemas family to Ireland

Some of the Middlemas 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.

Middlemas migration to the United States

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Middlemas Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Middlemas, who settled in New York, NY in 1825

Middlemas migration to Australia

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

Middlemas Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Charles Middlemas, aged 39, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Epaminondas" [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Middlemas (post 1700)

  • Rich Middlemas, American Academy Award winning producer, known for Undefeated (2011) and The Town That Came A-Courtin' (2014)


  1. ^ South Australian Register Monday 26th December 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Epaminondas 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/epaminondas1853.shtml.
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