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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
- Jno Moses, who arrived in Virginia in 1658
- Jane Moses, who landed in Virginia in 1663
- Samll Moses, who landed in Virginia in 1663
- Xtop Moses, who arrived in Virginia in 1664
Moses Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Simon Moses settled in New York State in 1715
- Benjamin Moses settled in Maryland in 1726
- Susan Moses settled in Virginia in 1734
- Adam Moses, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743
- Johan Adam Moses, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743
Moses Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Reuben Moses, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1825
- Samuel Moses, who arrived in America in 1840
- Simon Moses, who landed in Mississippi in 1843
- Mina Moses, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850
- Abraham Moses, who landed in New York, NY in 1850
Moses Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Melick Moses, who landed in Mississippi in 1902
- Isidore Moses, who arrived in Arkansas in 1906
Moses Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Robert Moses, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
- Mr. William Moses U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784
Moses Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Jacob Moses, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
- John Moses, a baker, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
- Abraham Moses, a hatter, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
Moses Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Rachel Moses, aged 28, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865
- Leah Moses, aged 21, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865
- John Moses, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1872
- Mrs. Janet Lynn Moses, American 3rd Class passenger from Wilkinsburg, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
- Brigadier-General Raymond George Moses (1891-1974), American Division Engineer, New England Division (1946-1949)
- Robert Moses Ph.D. (1888-1981), American Consultant to the Chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York City
- Edwin Corley Moses (b. 1955), American athlete
- Anna Mary Moses (1860-1961), American primitive artist
- Sir Charles Joseph Alfred Moses CBE (1900-1988), Secretary-General, Asian Broadcasting Union, General Manager, Australian Broadcasting Commission, Australia
- Eric George Rufus Moses, Solicitor of Inland Revenue, England
- Some Ancestors and Descendants of John Frederick Peters and his Wife Maria Louise Moses of Hoosick Falls, New York by Dorothy Rudd DuMond.
- Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
- Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
- Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
- Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
- MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
- Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
- Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
- Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
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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