Moodie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the name Moodie begins in the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It was a name for a bold or impetuous person. The surname Moodie is derived from the Old English word modig, which means brave, impetuous, or bold. Occasionally, the surname Moodie is derived from the female personal name Melodia. In this case, this name is a metronymic surname, which is derived from the name of the mother.

Early Origins of the Moodie family

The surname Moodie was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Moodie family

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Moodie Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Moodie are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Moodie include: Moody, Moodye, Moodie, Mudy, Mudie and others.

Early Notables of the Moodie family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Moodie family to Ireland

Some of the Moodie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Moodie migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Moodie or a variant listed above:

Moodie Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Moodie, who arrived in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1760 [1]
  • John Moodie, who settled in Philadelphia in 1775
  • John Moodie, aged 18, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775 [1]

Canada Moodie migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Moodie Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Robert Moodie (1818-1911), Scottish settler of Bells Corners, Ottawa, Ontario; one of his descendants, D. Aubrey Moodie went on to become known as the "Father of Nepean"

New Zealand Moodie migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Moodie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • T. Moodie, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Jura" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 23rd September 1858 [2]
  • Mr. James Moodie, (b. 1838), aged 27, British tailor travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 1st January 1866 [2]
  • Mr. William Moodie, (b. 1851), aged 23, British settler travelling from England aboard the ship "Varuna" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 27th May 1874 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Moodie (post 1700) +

  • Thomas H. Moodie (1878-1948), American politician, 19th Governor of North Dakota in 1935
  • Tanya Moodie, English actress, known for her roles in Prime Suspect 6: The Last Witness (2003), Archangel (2005) and Neverwhere (1996)
  • Wesley Moodie (b. 1979), South African former professional tennis player ranked No. 57 (10 October 2005)
  • Robert Moodie (1818-1911), Scottish early settler of Bells Corners, Ottawa, Canada
  • Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Moodie (1778-1837), British Army officer who settled in Canada and was fatally shot by supporters of William Lyon Mackenzie in the opening incidents of the Upper Canada Rebellion
  • John Moodie Jr. (1859-1944), Canadian textile manufacturer, executive, hobbyist and founder of the Hamilton Automobile Club
  • Robert Alexander "Rob" Moodie (b. 1938), New Zealand lawyer, former police officer and politician, Mayor of Manawatu (1995-1998)
  • Jason Moodie (b. 1974), Australian former professional rugby league footballer who played from 1997 to 2007
  • Graeme Cochrane Moodie (1924-2007), Scottish founding Professor of the Department of Politics at the University of York in 1963
  • Douglas Aubrey Moodie (1908-2008), Canadian politician, reeve of Nepean Township, Ontario (1954-1969), known as the "Father of Nepean", eponym of Moodie Drive
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Ralph Troupe Moodie, English 1st Class Passenger residing in Gainesville, Texas, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [4]

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from
  4. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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