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Where did the English Moxley family come from? What is the English Moxley family crest and coat of arms? When did the Moxley family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Moxley family history?The ancestors of the name Moxley date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence 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.
Moxley has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. 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 Moxley research. Another 201 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1599, 1661 and 1647 are included under the topic Early Moxley History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 49 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Moxley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Moxleys to arrive on North American shores:
Moxley Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
Moxley Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The Moxley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Moxley 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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