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Where did the German Mossman family come from? What is the German Mossman family crest and coat of arms? When did the Mossman family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Mossman family history?

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

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.


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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
  • 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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  2. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
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  4. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
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  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  8. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
  9. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
  10. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
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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.

This page was last modified on 23 December 2012 at 18:57.

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