The name Motershal was brought to England
in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Motershal family lived in Cheshire
at Mottram St. Andrew, a small village and parish that dates back to the Domesday Book
where it was listed as Motre, but later listed as Motromandreus in 1351. The place name possibly meant "speaker's place" or "place where meetings are held" from the Old English motere + rum. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
More recently, it is home to Mottram Hall, a house built around 1750. Mottram in Longdendale is a village in Greater Manchester. It is one of the eight ancient parishes of the Macclesfield Hundred
and dates back at least 1242.
Early Origins of the Motershal family
The surname Motershal was first found in Cheshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Mottram at the time of the Norman Conquest
by Duke William of Normandy
in 1066 A.D. Conjecturally they are descended from Gamal whose father held the Lordship from Earl Hugh Bigod, the Chief tenant
. Mottram was classed as a Hawk's eyrie at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book
survey in 1086 A.D. The village is now two villages, Mottram St. Andrew and Mottram Cross. There is now a Mottram Old Hall. The name also became Mottershead about the 16th century, branching away but retaining the same Coat of Arms.
Early History of the Motershal family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Motershal research.Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1715, 1688 and 1771 are included under the topic Early Motershal History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Motershal Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Mottram, Mottrame, Motram, Motramm, Motteram, Mottvane, Mottershead, Mottishead, Mottishitt and many more.
Early Notables of the Motershal family (pre 1700)
Another 20 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Motershal Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Motershal family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Motershal or a variant listed above: Thomas Mottram and William who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1856; Adam Mottershed settled in Virginia in 1698; John Mottershitt settled in Virginia in 1663..