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

The name Mouton was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Mouton family lived in Shropshire. Their name, however, is a reference to Moutons, in Calvados, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

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Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Mytton, Mutton, Myreton, Myrton, Mouton, Myttins, Mitton and many more.

First found in Shropshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mouton research. Another 245 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1373, 1565, 1637, 1604, 1624, 1597 and 1656 are included under the topic Early Mouton History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 63 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mouton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Mouton or a variant listed above:

Mouton Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Jean Mouton, who landed in South Carolina in 1755

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  • Alexandre Mouton (1804-1885), United States Senator and the 11th Governor of Louisiana
  • Eugène Mouton (1823-1902), French fiction writer, also known as Mérinos
  • Henri Mouton (1869-1935), French professor of physical chemistry
  • Michèle Mouton (b. 1951), the most successful and well-known female rally driver of all time


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  6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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The Mouton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mouton 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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