Millardship Coat of Arms / Millardship Family Crest
This surname MILLARDSHIP was of the locational group of surnames 'of Millichamp' a spot in Normandy, France. It appears this name was brought to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. There is a place Millichope in County Salop from where the name may also have been derived. In the middle ages it was customary for a man to be named after his land, or the village he lived in. This name identified his whole family, and followed him wherever he moved. The name is also spelt MILLERSHIP, MELSHIP and MILLSHIPE to name but a few. Early records of the name mention Melicope (without surname) listed as a tenant in the Domesday Book of 1086. Roger de Millinghope was documented in County Lancashire in the year 1199. Roger de Meligchop was recorded in the year 1255 in County Shropshire. Edward Millshipe of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. William Millichap of County Salop, registered at Oxford University in the year 1620. Richard King and Mary Milchup, were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in the year 1774. Henry Draper and Ann Millichamp were married at the same church in the year 1774. Between the 11th and 15th centuries surnames were assumed in Europe, but were not commonplace in England. They were found in the Domesday Book of 1086. Those of gentler blood assumed second names at this time, but it was not until the reign of Edward II (1307-1327) that it became general practice for all people. Many factors contributed to the establishment of a surname system. For generations after the Norman Conquest of 1066 a very few dynasts and magnates passed on hereditary surnames, but the main of the population, with a wide choice of first-names out of Celtic, Old English, Norman and Latin, avoided ambiguity without the need for a second name. As society became more stabilized, there was property to leave in wills, the towns and villages grew and the labels that had served to distinguish a handful of folk in a friendly village were not adequate for a teeming slum where perhaps most of the householders were engaged in the same monotonous trade, so not even their occupations could distinguish them, and some first names were gaining a tiresome popularity, especially Thomas after 1170. The hereditary principle in surnames gained currency first in the South, and the poorer folk were slower to apply it. By the 14th century however, most of the population had acquired a second name.
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