Early Origins of the Middlemore family
The surname Middlemore was first found in Warwickshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the lands of Edgbaston, held by Drogo from William FitzAnsculf, a Norman noble, who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086.
Early History of the Middlemore family
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Middlemore Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Middlemore, Midlemore, Middlemoor, Midlemoor and others.
Early Notables of the Middlemore family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Middlemore family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Middlemore Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Geo Middlemore, who arrived in Virginia in 1654 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)