Moppin is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with 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
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been 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
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Moppin or a variant listed above: 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..