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The origins of the Midgley name come from when the Anglo-Saxon tribes ruled over Britain. The name Midgley was originally derived from a family having lived in the settlement of Migley in Durham, or in the place named Midgley in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The surname Midgley belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Midgley Early Origins



The surname Midgley was first found in West Riding of Yorkshire at Midgley, a hill-top village in Calderdale in the chapelry of Luddenden, parish and union of Halifax, wapentake of Morley. The village dates back to at least the Domesday Book when it was listed as Micleie and literally meant "wood or clearing infested with midges," from the Old English mycg + leah. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
One branch was later found at Thornton, again in the West Riding of Yorkshire. "Leventhorpe Hall, also in the township, was the seat of a distinguished family; and at Headley is an old mansion in the Elizabethan style, in former times occupied by a branch of the Midgleys." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Midgley Spelling Variations


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Midgley 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 Midgley include Midgley, Midgeley, Midgely, Medgley, Medgely, Medgeley and many more.

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Midgley Early History


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Midgley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Midgley research. Another 197 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Midgley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Midgley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Midgley Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Midgley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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:

Midgley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Midgley, who arrived in Maryland in 1675

Midgley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Midgley, who landed in Virginia in 1705

Midgley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John and Benjamin Midgley settled in New York in 1820
  • Edward and Holmes Midgley arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1868

Midgley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Henry Midgley, aged 18, a smith, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840

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Contemporary Notables of the name Midgley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Midgley (post 1700)



  • Thomas Midgley Jr. (1889-1944), American mechanical engineer and chemist. member of the team that developed the tetraethyllead (TEL) additive to gasoline and some of the first chlorofluorocarbons; he held hundreds of patents and was awarded the William H. Nichols Medal (1922), the Longstreth Medal (1925), the Perkin Medal (1937), the Priestley Medal (1941) and the Willard Gibbs Award (1942)
  • Frederick W. Midgley, American Republican politician, Independent Republican Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from New Haven, 1932
  • Neil Alan Midgley (b. 1978), English professional footballer
  • Mary Beatrice Midgley (b. 1919), English moral philosopher
  • Vernon Midgley (b. 1940), English tenor
  • Maryetta Midgley (b. 1944), English soprano
  • John Midgley, English Academy Award winning sound engineer
  • Neil Midgley (1942-2001), English football referee
  • Thomas Midgley (b. 1860), English professional footballer who played as an inside forward for Burnley (1882-1889)
  • Walter Midgley (1914-1980), British operatic tenor, known for his work at the Royal Opera House
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Midgley Historic Events


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Midgley Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Edward A Midgley, English Able Seaman from England, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  7. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Midgley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Midgley Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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