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Moppin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The name Moppin reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Moppin family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Moppin family lived in Magneville in Manche Normandy. The English Moppin family descended from the Norman Magnepeine family of Magneville in Manche Normandy.The family name Moppin was brought to England after the Norman Conquest, when William the Conqueror gave his friends and relatives most of the land formerly owned by Anglo-Saxon aristocrats. Frequently, the Normans, such as the Moppin family, identified themselves by reference to the estates from which they came from in Northern France.


Early Origins of the Moppin family


The surname Moppin was first found in Yorkshire 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.

Early History of the Moppin family


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Moppin Spelling Variations


Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Mappin, Mapin and others.

Early Notables of the Moppin family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Moppin family to the New World and Oceana


Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Moppin name or one of its variants: John Mappind, who settled in Virginia in 1649; Rich Mappin, who arrived in Virginia in 1657; and Benjamin Mappin, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1840..

The Moppin Motto


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Cor forte suum calcar est
Motto Translation: Perhaps his heart is the spur


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