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The surname of MODRAK 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. Other spellings of the name include MODY, MODI, MUDY, MOODEY, MOODIE, MUDDIMAN, MUDDEMAN, MODIG, MODIN and MODIGH. 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. Alba, the country which became Scotland, was once shared by four races; the Picts who controlled most of the land north of the Central Belt; the Britons, who had their capital at Dumbarton and held sway over the south west, including modern Cumbria; the Angles, who were Germanic in origin and annexed much of the Eastern Borders in the seventh century, and the Scots. The latter came to Alba from the north of Ireland late in the 5th century to establish a colony in present day Argyll, which they named Dalriada, after their homeland. The Latin name SCOTTI simply means a Gaelic speaker. 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.

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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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