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Where did the English Moyes family come from? What is the English Moyes family crest and coat of arms? When did the Moyes family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Moyes family history?The name Moyes was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Moyes family lived in Shropshire. The name, however, is a reference to the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England, Moy, Normandy.
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Moyes have been found, including Moy, Moye, Moys, Moyse, Moyes, Moses, Moesen, Moi and others.
First found in Shropshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The earliest reference to the name was Jeanne de Moy, a wealthy dowager widow of William Crispin IX, Baron of Bec in France about the year 1325. The name originated in Moy in Normandy. However, the name Moy became interpreted in northwestern England and Wales, and on the Welsh border as Moyes, Moyse, and Moses, even Moesen, the latter being a Welsh version being found in Denbigh, Llangollen and Wrexham. The name was also extended to Mostyn, and became attached to Vychan, Lord of Mostyn.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Moyes research. Another 177 words(13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Moyes History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Moyes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Moyes family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 96 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. 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 Moyes were among those contributors:
Moyes Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Moyes Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Moyes Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Moyes 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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