Origin of the Name Moody
The ancient history of the name Moody
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. The name Moody can be of both Irish and English origin. When of the latter origin it describes a person who is brave or impetuous. It is found in Irish records as Mody as early as the year 1297. In the year 1428 the name is recorded as Mody in Oriel in a document in Archbishop Swayne's Register. Variants of this name include Modie, Mody, Mudy, O'Mody, Moodie and Mudie. The Gaelic sept form of the name is O'Muadaigh. A sept or clan was a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. When Gaelic names were anglicized during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries they were often changed to Anglo equivalents that sounded most like their original Gaelic name. The name is most associated with Ulster Province but is also represented in Counties Kilkenny and Offaly.
The Moody 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 Moody descendants.