Mudie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Mudie has a history dating as far back as the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name for a bold or impetuous person. The surname Mudie is derived from the Old English word modig, which means brave, impetuous, or bold. Occasionally, the surname Mudie is derived from the female personal name Melodia. In this case, this name is a metronymic surname, which is derived from the name of the mother. [1] [2]

Early Origins of the Mudie family

The surname Mudie was first found in Devon, where the source Old English Bynames lists Alwine Modi as living there c. 1100-1130. A few years later in Nottinghamshire, Godric Modi was listed c.1150. [3]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 lists Adam Mody, Oxfordshire; Roger Mody, Salop (Shropshire); and Simon Modi, Cambridgeshire. In Yorkshire, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 included: Johannes Mody, husband; Thomas Mody and Sibota uxor ejus; and Thomas Mody and Agnes uxor ejus. [1]

"Moody is an ancient name that was represented in the reign of Edward I. by Mody and Mudy in Norfolk, and by Mody and Modi in Oxfordshire and Wilts (H. R.). Probably the Suffolk and Yorkshire name of Mudd or Mudde is another form of this name. Moody is a name that has also a home in the south and west of England in Hampshire and Somerset. William Moody possessed 29 acres in Partney, Lincolnshire, in 1616; and there was a John Moody, Esq., of Scremby, in this county, about 1750. The name of Moody was represented by Mody or Modi in the neighbouring county of Wiltshire 600 years ago." [4]

We would be remiss if we did not mention of the family in Scotland. There, the first on record was "Johannes Modi [who] served on an inquest made at Peebles in 1262." [5]

"William Mudy, merchant, had a safe conduct to visit England in 1365 with four companions, and William Mudy armiger, with two horsemen in 1367-1368. Sorlet, rector of Assend (Assynt) witnessed the charter of Bishop William (Mudy) to his brother-german Gilbert Mudy in 1455. Thome Mwdy and Robert Mwdy appear in Brechin in 1450, the former held land there in 1461 and in 1496 John Mwdy held land there. Mudy occurs in Perth in 1499, William Mwdye was chamberlain of Orkney in 1563, and Robert Mudie had a charter of part of the lands of Maistertoun in 1600. The direct line in Forfarshire endea on the death of John Mudie of Pitmuies in 1876. George Mudy was enrolled burgess of Dundee in 1576, and a burial place for Mudies was erected there in 1602." [5]

Early History of the Mudie family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mudie research. Another 90 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1563, 1428, 1297, 1600, 1639, 1637, 1727, 1812, 1297, 1600 and are included under the topic Early Mudie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mudie Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Mudie have been found, including Moody, Moodye, Moodie, Mudy, Mudie and others.

Early Notables of the Mudie family (pre 1700)

Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mudie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Mudie family to Ireland

Some of the Mudie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 328 words (23 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Mudie migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Mudie, or a variant listed above:

Mudie Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • David Mudie, who arrived in Perth Amboy, NJ in 1684 [6]
Mudie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Mudie, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1820 [6]

Australia Mudie migration to Australia +

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

Mudie Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Henry Mudie, aged 23, a schoolmaster, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Coromandel" [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Mudie (post 1700) +

  • Charles Edward Mudie (1816-1890), English publisher and founder of Mudie's Lending Library
  • George Mudie (b. 1945), British politician in the United Kingdom
  • Leonard Mudie (1883-1965), British-born character actor
  • James Mudie (1779-1852), Scottish-born free settler of Australia
  • Jackie Mudie (1930-1992), Scottish international footballer
  • Ian Mudie (1911-1976), Australian poet
  • Harry Mudie (b. 1940), Jamaican record producer
  • George Mudie (b. 1788), Scottish publisher
  • George Mudie (1915-2002), West Indian cricketer


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  5. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 9th January 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Coromandel 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/coromandel1855.shtml


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