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Where did the English Mosely family come from? What is the English Mosely family crest and coat of arms? When did the Mosely family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Mosely family history?In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Mosely surname lived in one of the places called Moseley in Staffordshire and Worcestershire(both in the West Midlands region) , in Moseley in West Dean in Gloucestershire, or in Mowsley in Leicestershire. There is also a Mossley in Greater Manchester.
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Mosely are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Mosely include: Moseley, Mosely, Mosley, Mossley and others.
First found in Moseley, now a suburb of Birmingham in the West Midlands or in Moseley in Herefordshire and Worcestershire or in Mowsley, a small village in Lancashire. All four locations are listed in the Domesday Book.  The West Midlands village was originally called Moleshi and literally meant "woodland clearing of a man called Moll," from the Old English personal name + leah. The latter three locations were listed as Museleie and in these cases, the place names literally meant "woodland clearing infested with mice."  Mossely, a small town and civil parish in Greater Manchester was first listed as Moselegh in 1319 and literally meant "woodland clearing by a swamp or bog." 
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mosely research. Another 201 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1599, 1661 and 1647 are included under the topic Early Mosely History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 49 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mosely Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Mosely or a variant listed above:
Mosely Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Mosely Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Mosely Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Mosely Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mosely 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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