Molden History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Molden family

The surname Molden was first found in Essex at Maldon, a town on the Blackwater estuary. The town dates back to the early 10th century where it was first listed as Maeldune and as Maldon in the Anglo Saxon Chronicle. By the time of the Domesday Book, the town was listed as Malduna and literally meant "hill with a crucifix" from the Old English words mael + dun. [1] One of the first records of the surname was found in the year 1236 when Robert Maldon held lands in that area.

Important Dates for the Molden family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Molden research. Another 73 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Molden History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Molden Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Molden family name include Maldon, Malden, Maulden, Mauldon, Mauldin, Maulden and many more.

Early Notables of the Molden family (pre 1700)

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Molden migration to the United States

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Molden surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Molden Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Mary Molden, who landed in Virginia in 1658 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Molden (post 1700)

  • Alex Molden, American professional (NFL) football player

Historic Events for the Molden family

RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. James Molden, English Fireman from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [3]

Citations

  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
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