The origins of the Welsh
name Moderidge go back to the ancient Celtic culture that existed in the hills and Moors
. The forbears that initially held the name Moderidge once lived in or near the settlement of Mogridge in the southwestern English county of Devon
. The surname Moderidge belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Moderidge family
The surname Moderidge was first found in Breconshire
(Welsh: Sir Frycheiniog), a traditional county in southern Wales
, which takes its name from the Welsh
kingdom of Brycheiniog (5th-10th centuries), where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Moderidge family
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Moderidge Spelling Variations
have an extremely large amount of spelling variations
of their native surnames to their credit. As time progressed, the old Brythonic names of Wales
were recorded in English, which was especially problematic since the English language had extreme difficulty recording the highly inflected sounds of Cymraeg. Spelling variations
were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Moderidge have included Muggeridge, Mugeridge, Mugridge, Moderidge, Modridge and many more.
Early Notables of the Moderidge family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Moderidge family to the New World and Oceana
North America in the 1800s and 1900s saw the arrival of many Welsh
people hoping to share in the wealth of land, work, and freedom that they felt North America held. Those who made the journey often attained those expectations, but only through an enormous amount of hard work, perseverance, and often a bout of good luck. These immigrants helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and culture of both Canada and the United States. Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Moderidge: Charles Mugridge, who settled in Charleston in 1822; Francis Mugridge, who settled in Georgian in 1732; as well as J. Mugridge, who arrived in California in 1852..
The Moderidge Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Dat deus incrementum
Motto Translation: God gives increase.