The surname of MUDD was a nickname 'the moody' a name given originally to the brave, the bold, the resolute. The name was derived from the Old English word MODIG, meaning courageous. The name was in Scotland at an early date, and Johannes Modi served on an inquest made at Peebles in 1262 and appears to be the first of the name on record there. William Mudy, merchant in Scotland was granted a safe conduct to visit England in the year 1365 with four companions, and two horsemen. Sorlet, rector of Assend, witnessed the charter of Bishop William Mudy to his brother Gilbert Mudy in 1455. Thomas Mwdy and Robert Mwdy appear in Brechin in the year 1450, and John Mwdy held land there in 1499. The use of fixed surnames or descriptive names appears to have commenced in France about the year 1000, and such names were introduced into Scotland through the Normans a little over one hundred years later, although the custom of using them was by no means common for many years afterwards. During the reign of Malcolm Ceannmor (1057-1093) the latter directed his chief subjects, after the custom of other nations, to adopt surnames from their territorial possessions, and there created 'The first erlis that euir was in Scotland'. Early records of the name in England mention Adam Mody who was recorded in the year 1273 in the County of Oxford. Johannes Mody of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Most of the European surnames in countries such as England, Scotland and France were formed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The process had started somewhat earlier and had continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the tenth and eleventh centuries people did not have surnames, whereas by the fifteenth century most of the population had acquired a second name. Later instances of the name include Henry Mody and Anne Laurence who were married at St.Mary Aldermary, London in 1605. Thomas Moody and Margaret Scrivenor were married in London in 1621.
The name is also spelt Moodey, Moodie and Mudie. In the Middle Ages heraldry came into use as a practical matter. It originated in the devices used to distinguish the armoured warriors in tournament and war, and was also placed on seals as marks of identity. As far as records show, true heraldry began in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in several countries of Western Europe.
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