Mothershaw History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Mothershaw family

The surname Mothershaw was first found in Staffordshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Moddershall, held by William from Earl Roger, Norman nobles, who were recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

Early History of the Mothershaw family

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Mothershaw Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Mothershall, Moddershall, Mothersole, Mothersill, Mothershaw, Moddershaw, Muddershaw, Muddersole, Muthersole, Muthershaw, Mothersill, Mottershaw and many more.

Early Notables of the Mothershaw family (pre 1700)

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Australia Mothershaw migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Mothershaw Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Mothershaw, English convict who was convicted in Stafford, Staffordshire, England for life , transported aboard the "China" on 139th January 1846, arriving in Norfolk Island, Australia [2]


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retrieved 5th February 2021, retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/china)


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