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.
Early History of the Middlemiss family
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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
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Migration of the Middlemiss 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 Middlemiss arrived in North America very early:
Middlemiss Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- James Middlemiss, who settled in America in 1726
Contemporary Notables of the name Middlemiss (post 1700)
- Bert Middlemiss (1888-1941), English professional footballer who played from 1908 to 1920
- Russell Middlemiss (b. 1929), former 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