The name Mud was brought to England
by the Normans
when they conquered the country in 1066. The ancestors of the Mud family lived in Cheshire
. Before migrating to Normandy
and then England
, this family was originally the lords of Monte Alto, in Italy. Their name is thought to be a version of this place-name which underwent significant corruption through translation through several languages before being Anglicized.
Early Origins of the Mud family
The surname Mud was first found in Cheshire
where the family of Maude, originally the Lords of Monte Alto, in Italy, settled in the Lordships and manors of Montalt and Hawarden in the county of Flint.
Early History of the Mud family
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Mud Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Mud are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Mud include Maude, Maud, Mawd, Mold, Mould, Moulds, Molds and others.
Early Notables of the Mud family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Mud family to Ireland
Some of the Mud family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland
is included in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Mud family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Mud, or a variant listed above: John Maud who settled with his wife and four children in Boston Massachusetts in 1769; Daniel Maude settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635; Jacob Maud arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1751.