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Where did the English Mowrey family come from? What is the English Mowrey family crest and coat of arms? When did the Mowrey family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Mowrey family history?The name Mowrey reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Mowrey family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Mowrey family lived in Northumberland. The name, however, is a reference to the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Montbrai, in La Manche, Normandy.
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Mowrey family name include Mowbray, Moubray, Mowbrey, Moubrey and others.
First found in Northumberland 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. Geoffrey de Montbray (d. 1093,) bishop of Coutances was a warrior, administrator and close assistant of William. After the death of William, Geoffrey settled in Bristol, (as listed in the Domesday book) where he built a strong castle but frequently feuded with William II.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mowrey research. Another 417 words(30 lines of text) covering the years 1297, 1366, 1399, 1377, 1396, 1444, 1476, 1475, 1225, 1314, 1365, 1399, 1st and 1397 are included under the topic Early Mowrey History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 37 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mowrey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Mowrey family to immigrate North America:
Mowrey Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
Mowrey Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The Mowrey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mowrey 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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