Here are representations of the two coats of arms associated with the Mothersole
(Modreshalle Modysowel Modisoule Modersoule) name.
copyright 2007 PeterMothersole.com
My surname may be derived from a village now in Staffordshire called Moddershall.
This village, recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Modredeshale, gets its name
from the Old English pre 7th Century personal name Modred (from mod: heart, spirit,
courage, red: counsel, wisdom and halh: a nook or recess - hence, "Modred's recess".
A location name was often given to the Lord of the Manor or to people who left their
place of origin to settle elsewhere. One William de Modreshalle was noted in the
1305 Chartulary of the Priory of St. Thomas, Staffordshire.
The creation of surnames from nicknames was a widespread practice in the Middle Ages.
Mothersole may have originated as a nickname for a brave, proud soul from the Old
English modig (brave or proud) and sawol (soul).
In 1308, a Hugh Modysowel was recorded in Wakefield, Yorkshire. The nickname may
have been given to one in the habit of swearing with the oath "on my mother's soul",
as recorded in Lancashire in 1313 for a Ralph Modersoule.
In 1674, one John Mothersole was entered in the Hearth Tax Returns for Staffordshire.
The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Richard Modisoule,
which was dated 1275, in the "Records of the Manor of Wakefield", Yorkshire, during
the reign of Edward I.