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The surname Mossman was first found in Swabia, where the name became noted for its many branches within the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied and enrolled by the princes of the region. Chronicles first mention Rudolph in dem mose of Wuerttemberg in 1269, and Hainrich in dem Mos of Tyrol in 1379. In their later history the family became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as their influence grew.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Moser, Mosier, Moeser, Moesier, Mosser, Mozer and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mossman research. Another 361 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1482, 1534, 1558, 1573, 1574, 1606, 1701, 1715, 1759, 1764, 1765, 1785, and 1818 are included under the topic Early Mossman History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 57 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mossman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mossman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • John Mossman, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1799

Mossman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Samuel Mossman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Branken Moor" in 1840
  • Robert Mossman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Camoena" in 1843

Mossman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • James D. Mossman arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1863

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  • Dow Mossman (b. 1943), American writer from Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Karolyn Mossman, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Hawaii, 2004
  • H. C. Mossman, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Hawaii Territory, 1924
  • Fred T. Mossman (b. 1878), American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 51st District, 1917-18
  • Bina Mossman, American Republican politician, Member of Republican National Committee from Hawaii Territory, 1940
  • Belle Mossman, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Nebraska, 1924
  • George Mossman (b. 1908), English founder of the Mossman Carriage Collection in Stockwood Park, Luton, Bedfordshire in 1954
  • William Mossman (1793-1851), English sculptor, pupil of Sir Francis Chantrey
  • John G. Mossman (1817-1890), English sculptor, son of William Mossman
  • David James Mossman (1926-1971), British journalist, broadcaster, film-maker, interviewer and former MI6 agent


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The Mossman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mossman 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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