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Among the all the peoples of ancient Scotland, the first to use the name Moffet were the Strathclyde- Britons. It was a name for someone who lived in the place called Moffatt, in Scotland. The place-name is derived from the Gaelic words magh and fada, which mean field and long. Hence, the surname Moffet means, from the long field.

Moffet Early Origins



The surname Moffet was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area, at Annandale where the first on record was Nicholas de Mufet who began his life as a simple cleric and was first recorded as witness to a charter by Walter, bishop of Glasgow, some time before 1232. Approximately twenty years later, in 1250, he was made Archdeacon of Theuidale and eventually, in 1268, he was made Bishop of Glasgow. After only two years of holding the position of bishop, he died, in the year 1270.

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Moffet Spelling Variations


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Moffet Spelling Variations



The variation in the spelling of Medieval names is a result of the lack of spelling rules in the English language prior to the last few hundred years. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound, often varying the spelling of name within a single document. Moffet has appeared as Moffatt, Maffat, Maffett, Maffet, Moffat, Moffet, Moffett, Moffert, Moffertt, Moffit, Moffitt, Merphet, Merphett, Merfet, Merfett, Murphat, Murphatt, Murphet, Murphett, Muffat, Muffatt, Muffett, Muffet, Muffit and many more.

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Moffet Early History


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Moffet Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Moffet research. Another 221 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1348, 1467, 1553, 1604, 1553, 1604, 1795, 1883, 1815 and 1870 are included under the topic Early Moffet History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Moffet Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Moffet Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family at this time was Thomas Muffet (also Moufet, Mouffet, or Moffet) (1553-1604), an English naturalist and physician, best known for his Puritan beliefs, his study of insects in regard to medicine; and Robert Moffat (1795-1883). Starting off as a gardener, he decided to become a missionary...

Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Moffet Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Moffet In Ireland


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Moffet In Ireland



Some of the Moffet family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 127 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



As the persecution of Clan families continued, they sailed for North America in increasing numbers. In most cases, they found the freedom and opportunity they sought. Land was often available and the American War of Independence allowed Scots an opportunity to solidify their independence from the English crown. These settlers and their ancestors went on to play essential roles in the forging of the nations of the United States and Canada. Among them:

Moffet Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jean Moffet, who arrived in Perth Amboy, NJ in 1685

Moffet Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Peter Moffet, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • Samuel Moffet, aged 38, landed in Tennessee in 1812
  • Thomas Moffet, aged 28, arrived in Tennessee in 1812
  • Andrew Moffet, aged 18, landed in South Carolina in 1812
  • William Moffet, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1832
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Moffet (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Moffet (post 1700)



  • Jane Moffet (b. 1930), American utility player in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League from 1949 through 1952
  • Joseph William Moffet (1859-1935), American Major League Baseball player for the Toledo Blue Stockings in 1184, brother of Sam Moffet
  • Samuel R. "Sam" Moffet (1857-1907), American Major League Baseball outfielder and pitcher who played from 1884 to 1888 for the Cleveland Blues and Indianapolis Hoosiers
  • John Clifford Moffet (b. 1964), American six-time gold medalist competition swimmer
  • John Moffet (1831-1884), Irish-born, American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania in 1869
  • John Moffet (1831-1884), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 3rd District, 1869
  • David Moffet, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1916
  • Alicia Moffet (b. 1998), Canadian singer who won the 2013 season of The Next Star

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Suggested Readings for the name Moffet


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Suggested Readings for the name Moffet



  • A Moffat Family Record by Abbott Low Moffat.
  • The Moffit Family by Lorraine Moffat.

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Moffet Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    4. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
    5. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    6. 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).
    7. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
    8. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
    9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    11. ...

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