Middlemiss History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Anglo-Saxon name Middlemiss comes from Michaelmas, derived from the season or day that the child was born.

Early Origins of the Middlemiss family

The surname Middlemiss 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 Middlemiss family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Middlemiss 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 Middlemiss History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Middlemiss 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 Middlemiss has appeared include Middlemass, Middlemas, Middlemaist, Middlemiss and many more.

Early Notables of the Middlemiss family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Middlemiss family to Ireland

Some of the Middlemiss 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.

Middlemiss migration to the United States

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 Middlemiss arrived in North America very early:

Middlemiss Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Middlemiss, who settled in America in 1726

Middlemiss 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:

Middlemiss Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Middlemiss, (b. 1841), aged 22, British farm labourer travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "Brothers Pride" arriving in Lyttelton, South Island, New Zealand on 8th December 1863 [1]
  • Miss Jane Middlemiss, (b. 1842), aged 31, English cook from Berwick travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Surat" going to Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand in 1873, the ship sunk at the Catlins River all the passengers were transported to Dunedin via various rescure vessels [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Middlemiss (post 1700)

  • Bert Middlemiss (1888-1941), English professional footballer who played from 1908 to 1920
  • Russell Middlemiss (1929-2019), Australian rules footballer who played from 1949 to 1955 for Geelong, father of Glen Middlemiss
  • Glen Middlemiss (b. 1956), former Australian rules footballer who played from 1979 to 1984
  • Philip Sean Middlemiss (b. 1963), British television and radio actor, best known for his role as the bookmaker Des Barnes in ITV's Coronation Street (1990-1998)
  • Jayne Middlemiss (b. 1971), British radio and television presenter
  • Professor John Middlemiss, Professor of Radio Diagnosis

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  1. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
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