Mogford is a name that was brought to England
by the ancestors of the Mogford family when they migrated to the region after the Norman Conquest
in 1066. The Mogford family lived in Mogford, Somerset
. The parish no longer exists.
Early Origins of the Mogford family
The surname Mogford was first found in Somerset
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Farrington Gurney. Conjecturally they are descended from Azelin who held this manor from the Bishop of Coutances at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book
survey in 1086 A.D.
Early History of the Mogford family
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Mogford Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Moggs, Muggs, Muckford, Muckeford, Muckeforde, Muckforde, Moggeford, Mucksford, Mucksworth, Mucksworthy, Mugford, Mugglesworth, Mogford, Mogworthy, Mogsworthy and many more.
Early Notables of the Mogford family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Mogford family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Mogford Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John Mogford, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on October 16, 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia CITATION[CLOSE]
State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Andromeda voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1826 with 147 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1826
Contemporary Notables of the name Mogford (post 1700)
- Steven Lewis Mogford (b. 1956), British businessman, Chief Executive of United Utilities Group plc
Historic Events for the Mogford family
- Mr. James Windsor Mogford, British Yeoman of Signals, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
The Mogford 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: Cura pii diis sunt
Motto Translation: Pious men are a care to the gods.