Muldrew History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Welsh name Muldrew go back to the ancient Celtic culture that existed in the hills and Moors of Wales. The forbears that initially held the name Muldrew once lived in or near the settlement of Mogridge in the southwestern English county of Devon. The surname Muldrew belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Muldrew family

The surname Muldrew 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 Muldrew family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Muldrew research. Another 75 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Muldrew History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Muldrew Spelling Variations

Although there are not an extremely large number Welsh surnames, there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations of those surnames. This variety of spellings began almost immediately after the acceptance of surnames within Welsh society. As time progressed, these old Brythonic names were eventually were recorded in English. This process was problematic in that many of the highly inflected sounds of the native language of Wales could not be properly captured in English. Some families, however, did decide to modify their own names to indicate a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even a patriotic affiliation. The name Muldrew has seen various spelling variations: Muggeridge, Mugeridge, Mugridge, Moderidge, Modridge and many more.

Early Notables of the Muldrew family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Muldrew Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Muldrew family

In the 1800s and 1900s, many Welsh families left for North America, in search of land, work, and freedom. Those who made the trip successfully helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Muldrew Charles Mugridge, who settled in Charleston in 1822; Francis Mugridge, who settled in Georgian in 1732; as well as J. Mugridge, who arrived in California in 1852..


Contemporary Notables of the name Muldrew (post 1700) +

  • Richard Muldrew (1919-1982), American Republican politician, Member of the Florida House of Representatives (1957-1959) [1]


The Muldrew 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.


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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