Mould


Mould
This interesting and unusual name has two possible derivations, the first and most likely being from the medieval English female personal name 'Mahalt, Malt, Mauld', or 'Maud', variants of the Norman given name 'Mathilde' introduced into England after the Conquest of 1066. The name is composed of the Germanic elements 'maht', might, strength, and 'wild', battle. William the Conqueror's wife was named 'Matilda', and was called 'Mold' by Robert of Gloucester; William's grand-daughter also bore the name 'Matilda', and it was she who disputed the throne of England with her cousin Stephen during the mid 12th Century. A second possible derivation is from a nickname for a bald man, from the Middle English 'mould', - the top of the head. The 'modern' spellings include Moult, Mold, Mould, Maude, etc whilst early recordings include Mary, the daughter of John Mold, christened at the church of St Michael Bassishaw, London on July 24th 1586, and the marriage of John Mould and Averell Ruddocke was recorded at St. Nicholas, Cole Abbey, London, on January 24th 1637. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Gilbert Mald, which was dated 1190, in the Essex Pipe Rolls, during the reign of King Richard 1, known as 'The Lionheart', 1189-1199. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax.

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  • mould n — mould v …   English expressions

  • mould — mould·warp; mould; mould·abil·i·ty; mould·able; mould·i·ness; mould·ing; …   English syllables

  • mould — Ⅰ. mould [1] (US mold) ► NOUN 1) a hollow container used to give shape to molten or hot liquid material when it cools and hardens. 2) something made in this way, especially a jelly or mousse. 3) a distinctive type, style, or character. ► VERB 1) …   English terms dictionary

  • Mould — (m[=o]lt), Moulder Mould er (m[=o]ld [ e]r), Mouldy Mould y (m[=o]ld [y^]), etc. See {Mold}, {Molder}, {Moldy}, etc. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mould — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Betty Mould Iddrisu, seit Februar 2009 Attorney General und Justizministerin des westafrikanischen Landes Ghana Bob Mould (* 1960), US amerikanischer Sänger, Songwriter und Gitarrist Jeremy Mould (* 1949) …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • mould|y — «MOHL dee», adjective, mould|i|er, mould|i|est. Especially British. moldy …   Useful english dictionary

  • mould — [ mould ] the British spelling of mold1 …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • mould — chiefly British English spelling of MOLD (Cf. mold) in various senses. Related: Moulded; moulding …   Etymology dictionary

  • mould — (Brit.) məʊld n. pattern or form for giving a particular shape; something that has been molded; nature, character; decorative edging, patterned rim; fungal growth (also mold) v. fashion, shape; shape or form in a mold; become moldy, mildew;… …   English contemporary dictionary

  • mould — There are three separate words spelt this way in BrE: a hollow container for making a shape, a fungous growth, and loose friable earth. All three have corresponding verbs. In AmE the spelling in all meanings is mold …   Modern English usage

  • mould — [mōld] n., vt., vi. chiefly Brit. sp. of MOLD1, MOLD2, MOLD3 mouldy adj. mouldier, mouldiest …   English World dictionary


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