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Moody is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name. It was a name given to a person who was a bold or impetuous person. The surname Moody is derived from the Old English word modig, which means brave, impetuous, or bold. Occasionally, the surname Moody 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.
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Moody has appeared include Moody, Moodye, Moodie, Mudy, Mudie and others.
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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Moody research. Another 179 words (13 lines of text) covering the year 1563 is included under the topic Early Moody History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Moody Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Moody family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 127 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Moody arrived in North America very early:
Moody Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Simon Moody settled in Virginia in 1635
- Samuel Moody, who landed in New England in 1635
- Symon Moody, aged 20, landed in Virginia in 1635
- Deborah Moody, who arrived in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1640
- Mary Moody, who landed in Virginia in 1641
Moody Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- George Moody, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
- Sarah Moody, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
- Benjamin Moody, who arrived in New York in 1798
Moody Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James Moody, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
- Robert Moody, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1817
- William Moody, who landed in New York in 1831
- Nelson Moody, aged 20, arrived in Missouri in 1849
- J Moody, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
Moody Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Andrew Fred Moody, who landed in Wisconsin in 1907
Moody Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- John Moody, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1778
- Col. James Moody U.E. (b. 1744) born in Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey, USA from Sussex County, New Jersey, USA who settled in Weymouth, Nova Scotia c. 1784 married to Elizabeth Britain having 4 children, he died in 1809
- Mr. Stephen Moody U.E. who settled in Saint Johns, New Brunswick c. 1784
- Mr. Walter Moody U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784
Moody Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John Moody, English convict from Wiltshire, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- Henrietta Moody, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "America" on December 30, 1830, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
- Alexander Moody arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1846
- Elizabeth Moody arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1848
- Emma Moody arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1848
Moody Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- William Gilbert Ford Moody, aged 20, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
- Samuel Moody arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Beauty" in 1863
- George Moody arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863
- Charles Moody, aged 43, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jessie Readman" in 1872
- Matilda Moody, aged 42, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jessie Readman" in 1872
- William Henry Moody (1853-1917), American politician and jurist, eponym of the USS Moody (DD-277)
- John Moody (1868-1958), American financial analyst and investor, founder of Moody's Investment Services
- Ralph Moody (1917-2004), American NASCAR, co-owner of Holman Moody
- Orville Moody (1933-2008), American professional golfer, winner of 1969 U.S. Open
- Lewis Walton Moody MBE (b. 1978), English international rugby union rugby player
- Michael Joseph "Micky" Moody (b. 1950), English guitarist
- David Moody (b. 1970), English horror writer
- Ron Moody (1924-2015), born Ronald Moodnick, a British Gold Globe Award winning and Academy Award nominated actor, known for his performance as Fagin in Oliver! and as the wizard Merlin in Disney's A Kid in King Arthur's Court
- Mrs. Martha Moody (d. 1915), Irish 2nd Class passenger from Limavady, County Londonderry, Ireland, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
- Miss Martha Moody, Irish 2nd Class passenger from Limavady, County Londonderry, Ireland, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
- Francis Moody (1769-1821) by Clara Lorene Cammack Park.
- The John Wyatt Moody Family by E. Grant Moody.
- Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
- MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
- Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
- Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
- Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
- Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
- Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
- 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).
- Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
The Moody Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Moody 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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