Mugridge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The origins of the Welsh name Mugridge go back to the ancient Celtic culture that existed in the hills and Moors of Wales. The forbears that initially held the name Mugridge once lived in or near the settlement of Mogridge in the southwestern English county of Devon. The surname Mugridge belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Mugridge family
The surname Mugridge 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.
Important Dates for the Mugridge family
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Mugridge Spelling Variations
Welsh surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations of particular Welsh names are very important. The surname Mugridge has occasionally been spelled Muggeridge, Mugeridge, Mugridge, Moderidge, Modridge and many more.
Early Notables of the Mugridge family (pre 1700)
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Mugridge migration to the United States
The Welsh migration to North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries contributed greatly to its rapid development. These migrants were in search of land, work, and freedom. Those Welsh families that survived the long ocean journey were critical to the development of new industries and factories, and to the quick settlement of land. They also added to an ever-growing rich cultural heritage. A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Mugridge:
Mugridge Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Francis Mugridge, who settled in Georgia in 1732
- Francis Mugridge, who landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1733 
Mugridge Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Charles Mugridge, who settled in Charleston in 1822
- J. Mugridge, who arrived in California in 1852
Contemporary Notables of the name Mugridge (post 1700)
- John Y. Mugridge, American politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 4th District, 1868-70 
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- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html