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Where did the English Mousley family come from? What is the English Mousley family crest and coat of arms? When did the Mousley family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Mousley family history?The lineage of the name Mousley begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they 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.
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Mousley has undergone many spelling variations, including 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 Mousley research. Another 201 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1599, 1661 and 1647 are included under the topic Early Mousley History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 49 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mousley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Mousley were among those contributors: Anne Moseley, who settled in Virginia in 1652; along with Elizabeth, Francis, Joseph, Richard, Samuel and William; George Mosely settled in Virginia in 1635.
The Mousley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mousley 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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