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Where did the English Moses family come from? What is the English Moses family crest and coat of arms? When did the Moses family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Moses family history?

The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066 brought the Moses family name to the British Isles. They lived in Shropshire. The name, however, is a reference to the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England, Moy, Normandy.


A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Moy, Moye, Moys, Moyse, Moyes, Moses, Moesen, Moi and others.

First found in Shropshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The earliest reference to the name was Jeanne de Moy, a wealthy dowager widow of William Crispin IX, Baron of Bec in France about the year 1325. The name originated in Moy in Normandy. However, the name Moy became interpreted in northwestern England and Wales, and on the Welsh border as Moyes, Moyse, and Moses, even Moesen, the latter being a Welsh version being found in Denbigh, Llangollen and Wrexham. The name was also extended to Mostyn, and became attached to Vychan, Lord of Mostyn.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Moses research. Another 121 words(9 lines of text) covering the years 1623 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Moses History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 25 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Moses Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Moses family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 39 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Moses or a variant listed above:

Moses Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Jno Moses, who arrived in Virginia in 1658
  • Jane Moses, who landed in Virginia in 1663
  • Samll Moses, who landed in Virginia in 1663
  • Xtop Moses, who arrived in Virginia in 1664

Moses Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Simon Moses settled in New York State in 1715
  • Benjamin Moses settled in Maryland in 1726
  • Susan Moses settled in Virginia in 1734
  • Adam Moses, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Johan Adam Moses, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743

Moses Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Reuben Moses, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1825
  • Samuel Moses, who arrived in America in 1840
  • Simon Moses, who landed in Mississippi in 1843
  • Mina Moses, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850
  • Abraham Moses, who landed in New York, NY in 1850

Moses Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Melick Moses, who landed in Mississippi in 1902
  • Isidore Moses, who arrived in Arkansas in 1906


  • Anna Mary Moses (1860-1961), American primitive artist
  • Edwin Corley Moses (b. 1955), American athlete
  • Robert Moses Ph.D. (1888-1981), American Consultant to the Chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York City
  • Brigadier-General Raymond George Moses (1891-1974), American Division Engineer, New England Division (1946-1949)
  • Eric George Rufus Moses, Solicitor of Inland Revenue, England
  • Sir Charles Joseph Alfred Moses CBE (1900-1988), Secretary-General, Asian Broadcasting Union, General Manager, Australian Broadcasting Commission, Australia


  • Some Ancestors and Descendants of John Frederick Peters and his Wife Maria Louise Moses of Hoosick Falls, New York by Dorothy Rudd DuMond.

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The Moses Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Moses Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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