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Mottershead is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Mottershead 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. [1]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 of Cheshire and dates back at least 1242.

Mottershead Early Origins



The surname Mottershead 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 of England 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.

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Mottershead Spelling Variations


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Mottershead Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Mottershead has been recorded under many different variations, including Mottram, Mottrame, Motram, Motramm, Motteram, Mottvane, Mottershead, Mottishead, Mottishitt and many more.

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Mottershead Early History


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Mottershead Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mottershead research. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1715, 1688 and 1771 are included under the topic Early Mottershead History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Mottershead Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Mottershead Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 20 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mottershead Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Mottersheads were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Mottershead Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Zachary Mottershead, who arrived in Maryland in 1635
  • Samll Mottershead, who landed in Virginia in 1664

Mottershead Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Frederick Mottershead, aged 32, who emigrated to America, in 1895

Mottershead Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Annie Mottershead, who landed in America, in 1903
  • Mary Mottershead, aged 32, who landed in America from England, in 1903
  • Peter Mottershead, who settled in America, in 1903
  • Annie Eliza Mottershead, aged 24, who settled in America from Manchester, in 1904
  • Arthur Mottershead, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States from Manchester, in 1904
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Mottershead (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Mottershead (post 1700)



  • Steve Mottershead, American visual effects specialist
  • George Saul Mottershead OBE (1894-1978), English founder of Chester Zoo, a zoological garden at Upton by Chester
  • Thomas Mottershead VC DCM (1892-1917), English recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Mr. Arnold Mottershead, Canadian retired colonel of the Canadian Forces from Edmonton, Alberta, recipient of the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation (2010)
  • Frank Mottershead, Deputy Secretary, Department of Health

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  4. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  5. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  9. 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).
  10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
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The Mottershead Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mottershead 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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