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

The origins of the surname Mulkey are rather uncertain; there are several possible derivations stemming from various sources. The Middle High German word "mol(le)" meaning "salamander" is one origin; this interpretation refers to a fat, clumsy person. Another possible source is the Swabian word "molle" meaning "bull, steer," indicating a person who is stubborn. While both of these interpretations are nickname origins, it is also possible that Mulkey is a derivation of Germanic personal names, indicating descent.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Mulkey, Molle, Mollenkopf, Mollenschädel, Mol, von Moll and many more.

First found in Konstanz, at the southern border of the Baden-Wuerttemberg region. The name dates back as far as 1233, when Sifrit Molle of Konstanz is recorded to have lived.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mulkey research. Another 143 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1233, 1436, 1478, 1281, 1788, 1848, 1654, 1732 and 1678 are included under the topic Early Mulkey History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 113 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mulkey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mulkey Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Mrs. M. Mulkey, aged 34, who settled in America from Tulla, in 1901
  • Frederick W. Mulkey, aged 31, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Margaret Mulkey, aged 39, who landed in America from Ennis, Ireland, in 1907
  • John L. Mulkey, aged 32, who emigrated to the United States, in 1912
  • Edward Mulkey, aged 53, who emigrated to America, in 1919


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  • Frederick W. Mulkey (1874-1924), United States Senator from Oregon
  • William O. Mulkey (1871-1943), United States Representative from Alabama


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  2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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  5. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
  6. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
  7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  8. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
  9. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
  10. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
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The Mulkey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mulkey 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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