Mogridge

The Mogridge family name comes from Devon and was concentrated in the south west of England until the beginning of the 19th century when movement amongst people became far more common across the country.

I can trace the Mogridge line in my family tree back to around 1711 with the birth of Richard Mogridge from the town Tiverton in Devon. His son, named Richard Mogridge was born in 1744 in Tiverton; as was his son’s son, also called Richard Mogridge, born in Tiverton in 1777.

In what seems to be the longest line of people with the same name, Richard Mogridge (1777) had a son named Richard, born in 1803 in Tiverton. However, the line of Richard Mogridges from Tiverton is slightly shaken up when he moves to Liverpool and marries Elizabeth Richardson in 1835. But continuing the trend, Richard Mogridge (1803) had a son named Richard Mogridge, born in Seacombe, Cheshire in 1838. He later married Eva Lever in Liverpool in 1859 and had three sons, including one named Richard, meaning there was a line spanning more than two centuries of Richard Mogridges living in Devon and Liverpool.

There’s no doubt that the Mogridges moved to Liverpool for work, as it would have been one the most prosperous cities in England at the time with its busy ports and shipping industry. Some of the Mogridges worked as clerks for shipping merchants. As the economy declined in Liverpool, many Mogridge descendants moved out of the city, some to neighbouring areas in Cheshire and Lancashire and others down to London. (updated November 2014)

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Surname meaning:

This most interesting and unusual surname, found chiefly in the Devonshire region, is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a locational name from Mogridge in Devonshire. The placename itself is composed of the Olde English pre 7th Century personal name “Mogga”, of uncertain etymology, and the second element is clearly the Olde English “hrycg”, a ridge or spur, a common placename element, also found in such placenames as Foulridge, Henstridge, and Tandridge. During the Middle Ages, when migration for the purpose of job-seeking was becoming more common, people often took their former village name as a means of identification, resulting in a wide dispersal of the surname; and consequently a number of variant forms in some instances. Variant spellings in the modern idiom include Muggeridge, Mugridge, Moggridge, Mogridge and Mockridge.
[Copyright belongs to Name Origin Research 1980-2013]

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