Origin of the Name Mulady
The origin of the name Mulady
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Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Mulady
include Melody, Moledy, Malady, Mulledy, Malladay and Mulleady. This name in Irish is O'Maoileidigh and the latter variants are the anglicized forms of this. This sept came from Clare.
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. Irish septs and clans that are related often belong to even larger groups, sometimes called tribes.
Their territory was located in the North Clare Barony of Corcomroe and the adjacent part of County Galway . An early reference to the name is that of Master Gilbert O'Moledy, who was a tenant of a holding in Drogheda and was a victim of a robbery in the year 1297. The name appears frequently in the next two centuries but always in the midland counties of Longford, Cavan, Meath, Westmeath and Offaly, the sept in this case being originally located at Ballymaledy, near Kilbeggan on the Westmeath-Offaly border.
The Mulady coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Mulady descendants.