Molleswithay is a name that came to England
in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Molleswithay family 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,
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,
which again means enclosure. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early Origins of the Molleswithay family
The surname Molleswithay 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." 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Molleswithay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Molleswithay research.Another 111 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1124, 1638, 1689, 1656, 1725, 1680 and 1758 are included under the topic Early Molleswithay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Molleswithay Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Molleswithay has been recorded under many different variations, including Molesworth, Molesworthy, Mollsworth, Molsworth, Molswurth, Mollswurth, Mollswirth, Moleswirth, Mullsworth, Moldworth, Moldsworth and many more.
Early Notables of the Molleswithay family (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 Molleswithay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Molleswithay family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Molleswithays were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Captain Moldsworth who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1766; and members of the family who settled at Spring Garden in Jamaica and became known as Colonial Gentry..
The Molleswithay 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.