The origins of the Welsh
name Muggeridge go back to the ancient Celtic culture that existed in the hills and Moors
. The forbears that initially held the name Muggeridge once lived in or near the settlement of Mogridge in the southwestern English county of Devon
. The surname Muggeridge belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Muggeridge family
The surname Muggeridge was first found in Breconshire
(Welsh: Sir Frycheiniog), a traditional county in southern Wales
, which takes its name from the Welsh
kingdom of Brycheiniog (5th-10th centuries), where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Muggeridge family
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Muggeridge Spelling Variations
Compared to other ancient cultures found in the British Isles, the number of Welsh
surnames are relatively few, but there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations
. These spelling variations
began almost as soon as surname usage became common. As a result, people could not specify how to spell their own names leaving the specific recording up to the individual scribe or priest. Those recorders would then spell the names as they heard them, causing many different variations. Later, many Welsh
names were recorded in English. This transliteration process was extremely imprecise since the Brythonic Celtic
language of the Welsh
used many sounds the English language was not accustomed to. Finally, some variations occurred by the individual's design: a branch loyalty within a family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The Muggeridge name over the years has been spelled Muggeridge, Mugeridge, Mugridge, Moderidge, Modridge and many more.
Early Notables of the Muggeridge family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Muggeridge family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Muggeridge Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Charles Muggeridge, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wild Duck" in 1860
- Sarah Ann Muggeridge, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wild Duck" in 1860
- John Muggeridge, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wild Duck" in 1860
Contemporary Notables of the name Muggeridge (post 1700)
- Edward James Muggeridge, known as "Eadweard Muybridge", 19th century English photographer, born
- Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990), British journalist and author
- Karl Muggeridge (b. 1974), Australian motorcycle racer
- Henry Thomas "H. T." Muggeridge (1864-1942), UK politician
- Douglas Muggeridge, former controller of BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 2
- Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990), English journalist
- Thomas Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990),
The Muggeridge Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Dat deus incrementum
Motto Translation: God gives increase.