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Where did the English Mode family come from? What is the English Mode family crest and coat of arms? When did the Mode family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Mode family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Moderby, Modey, Modeby, Moderbie and others.

First found in Berkshire, where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held lands.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mode research. Another 139 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Mode History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Mode Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mode Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Giles Mode, who landed in Virginia in 1655
  • Thomas Mode, who arrived in Virginia in 1664
  • Elizabeth Parr Mode, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682
  • Jane Mode, aged 15, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1682
  • Margery Mode, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682

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  1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  4. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  5. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  6. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  7. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  9. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  10. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
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The Mode Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mode 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.

This page was last modified on 29 May 2014 at 13:40.

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