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

The name Mault came to England with the ancestors of the Mault family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Mault family lived in Cheshire. Before migrating to Normandy and then England, this family was originally the lords of Monte Alto, in Italy. Their name is thought to be a version of this place-name which underwent significant corruption through translation through several languages before being Anglicized.


Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Maude, Maud, Mawd, Mold, Mould, Moulds, Molds and others.

First found in Cheshire where the family of Maude, originally the Lords of Monte Alto, in Italy, settled in the Lordships and manors of Montalt and Hawarden in the county of Flint.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mault research. Another 276 words(20 lines of text) covering the year 1174 is included under the topic Early Mault History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Mault Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Mault family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 93 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Mault or a variant listed above:

Mault Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • H T Mault, aged 45, landed in Mobile, Ala in 1850
  • Johan Mault, aged 28, arrived in New York, NY in 1852
  • Marie Mault, aged 28, landed in New York, NY in 1852


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The Mault Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mault 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 27 October 2010 at 13:50.

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