Mudford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Mudford family

The surname Mudford was first found in Somerset where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1177 when Terrice Modiford held lands.

Important Dates for the Mudford family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mudford research. Another 70 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Mudford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mudford Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Modiford, Mudford, Mudiford, Muddiford, Moddiford and others.

Early Notables of the Mudford family (pre 1700)

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Mudford migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mudford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert S Mudford, who landed in Arkansas in 1885 [1]

Mudford migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Mudford Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Mudford, aged 44, a sailmaker, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
  • Johannah Mudford, aged 44, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
  • George Mudford, aged 21, a seaman, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
  • Ann Mudford, aged 18, a servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
  • William Mudford, aged 8, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Mudford (post 1700)

  • Grant Mudford (b. 1944), Australian photographer

Historic Events for the Mudford family

HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. Leslie Francis Mudford (1920-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Sunshine, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [2]

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
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