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The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought much change to the island nation, including many immigrants with new names. Among these immigrants were the ancestors of the Molesworth family, who lived in a place named Molesworth in Cambridgeshire or a place named Mouldsworth in Cheshire. The place-name Molesworth is derived from the Old English word Mulesword, which is composed of the elements mul, which means mule, and word, which means enclosure. The place-name Mouldsworth is derived from the Old English words molda, which means the crown of the head or top of the hill, and word, which again means enclosure. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)


Molesworth Early Origins



The surname Molesworth was first found in Huntingdon where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Molesworth in that shire. Conjecturally they are descended from Eustace the Sheriff of Huntingdon who held his lands at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book from Countess Judith, a relation of Duke William of Normandy. "Sir Walter de Molesworth was one of Edward the 1st's Crusaders." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Some of the family were found at Tetcott in Devon since early times. "Tetcott House, the beautiful seat of Sir William Molesworth, Bart., was destroyed by fire in May, 1841." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Molesworth Spelling Variations


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Molesworth Spelling Variations



A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Molesworth, Molesworthy, Mollsworth, Molsworth, Molswurth, Mollswurth, Mollswirth, Moleswirth, Mullsworth, Moldworth, Moldsworth and many more.

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Molesworth Early History


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Molesworth Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Molesworth research. Another 221 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1124, 1638, 1689, 1656, 1725, 1680 and 1758 are included under the topic Early Molesworth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Molesworth Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Molesworth Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Hender Molesworth (1638-1689), 1st Baronet Molesworth of Pencarrow, Governor of Jamaica; Robert Molesworth (1656-1725), 1st Viscount Molesworth, British statesman, English and Irish landowner, Ambassador to Denmark, Ambassador to Sweden...

Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Molesworth 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



Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Molesworth or a variant listed above:

Molesworth Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Guy Molesworth, who landed in Virginia in 1651
  • Mary Molesworth, who arrived in Maryland in 1678

Molesworth Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • F. A. Molesworth, aged 21, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Oriental" in 1840
  • David Molesworth, aged 29, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Molesworth (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Molesworth (post 1700)



  • Mary Louisa Molesworth (1839-1921), English writer of children's stories, wrote under the name of Mrs Molesworth
  • Richard Molesworth (1680-1758), 3rd Viscount Molesworth, British Field Marshal, English war hero, Commander in Chief for Ireland, Lieutenant of the Ordnance in Ireland, Commanding Officer of the Coldstream Guards
  • Robert Molesworth (1656-1725), 1st Viscount Molesworth, British statesman, English and Irish landowner, Ambassador to Denmark, Ambassador to Sweden, founder of the "Molesworth circle" of scientific minds
  • Sir John Molesworth (1729-1775), 5th Baronet Molesworth of Pencarrow, MP for Cornwall, 1765 to 1775
  • Sir William Molesworth (1758-1798), 6th Baronet Molesworth of Pencarrow, MP for Cornwall, 1784 to 1790
  • William Nassau Molesworth (1816-1890), English historian
  • Maud Margaret "Mall" Molesworth (1894-1985), Australian tennis champion of the inaugural Australasian Championships in 1922
  • Sir William Molesworth (1810-1855), 8th Baronet, British statesman, Secretary of State for the Colonies, the Field Commissioner of Works
  • Sir Guilford Molesworth (1828-1925), British civil and railway engineer
  • Lieutenant-General George Molesworth CSI, CBE (1890-1968), British army officer, Military Secretary to the India Office
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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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: Vincit amor patriae
Motto Translation: My beloved country will conquer.


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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. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  3. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  4. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  7. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  8. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  9. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  10. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  11. ...

The Molesworth Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Molesworth 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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