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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Moser, Mosier, Moeser, Moesier, Mosser, Mozer and others.

First found in Swabia, where the name became noted for its many branches within the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied and enrolled by the princes of the region. Chronicles first mention Rudolph in dem mose of Wuerttemberg in 1269, and Hainrich in dem Mos of Tyrol in 1379. In their later history the family became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as their influence grew.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mossman research. Another 361 words(26 lines of text) covering the years 1482, 1534, 1558, 1573, 1574, 1606, 1701, 1715, 1759, 1764, 1765, 1785, and 1818 are included under the topic Early Mossman History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 57 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mossman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mossman Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • John Mossman, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1799

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  • Dow Mossman (b. 1943), American writer from Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • David James Mossman (1926-1971), British journalist, broadcaster, film-maker, interviewer and former MI6 agent
  • John G. Mossman (1817-1890), English sculptor, son of William Mossman
  • William Mossman (1793-1851), English sculptor, pupil of Sir Francis Chantrey
  • George Mossman (b. 1908), English founder of the Mossman Carriage Collection in Stockwood Park, Luton, Bedfordshire in 1954


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  2. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
  3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  4. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
  5. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
  6. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
  7. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
  8. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
  9. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
  10. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
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The Mossman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mossman 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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