This name is quite rare and derives from the Olde English 'mede' meaning a water meadow and 'mur' - a marsh or morass, both being pre 7th Century words. It is possible that a place existed called Medmore, Meadmore, or Meadmooe, some seven thousand villages that existed prior to the Black Death of 1348, having now wholly disappeared, Meadwell in Oxford being an example of a 'lost' village. The name development includes John Meadmore who married Sarah Tibbetts at St. Botolphs, Bishopgate, London on August 21st 1792 in the reign of King George III (1760 - 1820). The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Mary Meadmore, which was dated 1720, Married John Brittaine at Sunbury on Thames, during the reign of King George I 'Hanover George' 1714 - 1727. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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