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Where did the English Moses family come from? What is the English Moses family crest and coat of arms? When did the Moses family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Moses family history?The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066 brought the Moses family name to the British Isles. They 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.
A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include 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 Moses research. Another 121 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1623 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Moses History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 25 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Moses Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Moses family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 39 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Moses or a variant listed above:
Moses Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Moses Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Moses Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Moses Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Moses Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Moses Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Moses Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
The Moses Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Moses 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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