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The name Moodley is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was a name for someone who was a bold or impetuous person. The surname Moodley is derived from the Old English word modig, which means brave, impetuous, or bold. Occasionally, the surname Moodley 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 Moodley family


The surname Moodley 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.

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Early History of the Moodley family

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Early History of the Moodley family


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Another 179 words (13 lines of text) covering the year 1563 is included under the topic Early Moodley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Moodley Spelling Variations

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Moodley Spelling Variations


Moodley has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Moodley have been found, including Moody, Moodye, Moodie, Mudy, Mudie and others.

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Early Notables of the Moodley family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Moodley family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Moodley family to Ireland

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Migration of the Moodley family to Ireland


Some of the Moodley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Moodley family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Moodley family to the New World and Oceana


In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Moodleys to arrive on North American shores: Simon Moody settled in Virginia in 1635; Edward Moody settled in Virginia in 1654; David Moody settled in Barbados in 1680 with servants; James Moody in Virginia in 1663.

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