Myeldmay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Myeldmay is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Myeldmay family lived in Essex. The name, however, is a reference to the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Mildme, France.

Early Origins of the Myeldmay family

The surname Myeldmay was first found in Essex where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Mulsho. This family were anciently the Earls and Barons Fitzwalter seated at Moulsham Hall in that County. They were originally from a place in France of the name Mildme. One branch of the family was found at Little Baddow in Cheshire. "The church [of Little Baddow] is an ancient edifice, with a tower at the west end, and consists of a nave and chancel, in which latter is a stately monument of marble to [Sir] Henry Mildmay (1619-1692), of Graces." [1]

Early History of the Myeldmay family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Myeldmay research. Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1640, 1669, 1626, 1913, 1871, 1593, 1664, 1621, 1659, 1619, 1692, 1654, 1659, 1660, 1596, 1676, 1654 and 1656 are included under the topic Early Myeldmay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Myeldmay Spelling Variations

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Mildme, Mildmay, Mildmy, Mildmee, Millmay, Mildmar, Miltmay, Meldmay, Mieldmay and many more.

Early Notables of the Myeldmay family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Henry Mildmay (ca. 1593-1664), Master of the Jewel Office, an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1621 and 1659, a supporter of the Parliamentarian cause in the English Civil War, one of the Regicides of...
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Migration of the Myeldmay family

To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Myeldmay or a variant listed above: Edward Milday settled in Virginia in 1650; Thomas Mildmay arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1852.

Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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