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

The name Moen reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Moen family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Moen family lived in Kent. The name, however, is a reference to the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Moion, near St. Lo, Normandy.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Moen include Moyon, Moion, Mohun, Moyne, Munn, Munns, Munson, Munton, Mwn, Mun, Munds, Mouns, Muns, Munnes, Munnson, Munnsen, Munning and many more.

First found in Kent where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Maidstone in that shire. They were descended from Guillaume (William) de Moyon a Norman Baron whose seat was at the castle of Moion, near St. Lo in Normandy. William de Moyon received large grants of land in Somerset, the Lordship of Clehangre in Devon, and Sutton in Wiltshire. He also had grants in Kent. From William was descended the first Earl of Somerset, the Earls of Dorset and the Barons of Okehampton. Although the main stem of this very noble Norman family retained the various spellings of Munn or Munns, junior lines adopted the name Munson or Munnings.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Moen research. Another 275 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1390, 1603, 1642, 1625, 1626, 1595, 1641, 1620, 1665, 1616, 1684, 1571, 1641, 1645, 1692, 1681, 1685, 1689 and 1690 are included under the topic Early Moen History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 197 words(14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Moen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Moen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Moens to arrive on North American shores:

Moen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Frantz Moen, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751
  • Frantz Moen, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751

Moen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • A. R. Moen, who settled in New York in 1840
  • Helge Olsen Moen, who settled in Wisconsin sometime between 1845 and 1856
  • John Moen, who arrived in Texas in 1850-1906
  • Carl Moen, who settled in Iowa in 1891

Moen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Mary Moen, who landed in Colorado in 1900
  • Bent Moen, who settled in North Dakota in 1907

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  • Alfred M. Moen (1916-2001), American inventor and founder of Moen, Inc
  • Erika Moen, American comic book artist
  • Don Moen (b. 1950), American singer-songwriter and pastor
  • Alexandra Moen, English actress
  • Mr. Sigurd Hansen Moen (d. 1912), aged 25, Norwegian Third Class passenger from Bergen who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Minia
  • Anders Moen (1887-1966), Norwegian gymnast who competed at the 1908 Summer Olympics
  • Sigurd Olsen Moen (1897-1967), Norwegian former speed skater and Olympic medalist
  • Roger Moen (b. 1930), former Belgian middle distance runner
  • Anita Moen (b. 1967), former Norwegian Cross-country skier
  • Roger Möen (b. 1966), Norwegian retired auto racing driver

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Omnia vincit veritas
Motto Translation: Truth conquers all things.

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