Mohan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Mohan arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Mohan 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.

Early Origins of the Mohan family

The surname Mohan was first found in Kent where they held a family seat at 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. [1] 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. "At the period of the Conquest, this town [now called Minehead], then called Manheved, was given by William [the Conqueror] to William de Mohun." [2] 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. The same William de Mohun (Moyon) held estates in Dunster, Somerset. " The town, which is called Torre in Domesday Book, owes its origin to a baronial castle built here by William de Mohun, a Norman Baron, on whom the Conqueror had bestowed large estates in this part of the kingdom. The castle, which was held by the family of Mohun till the reign of Edward III., was the scene of hostilities in the civil wars of the reigns of Stephen and John, and in the contests between the houses of York and Lancaster; the Marquess of Hertford, also, took possession of it for Charles I. during the war with the parliament." [2]

Important Dates for the Mohan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mohan research. Another 138 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1390, 1603, 1642, 1625, 1626, 1595, 1641, 1620, 1665, 1616, 1684, 1571, 1641, 1645, 1692, 1681, 1685, 1689, 1690 and are included under the topic Early Mohan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mohan Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Moyon, Moion, Mohun, Moyne, Munn, Munns, Munson, Munton, Mwn, Mun, Munds, Mouns, Muns, Munnes, Munnson, Munnsen, Munning and many more.

Early Notables of the Mohan family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Reginald Mohun, 1st Baronet (ca.1603-1642), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1625 and 1626; John Mohun, 1st Baron Mohun of Okehampton (1595-1641), an English politician; Warwick Mohun, 2nd Baron Mohun of Okehampton (1620-1665), an English politician; Michael Mohun (1616?-1684), a...
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Migration of the Mohan family to Ireland

Some of the Mohan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Mohan migration to the United States

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Mohan name or one of its variants:

Mohan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Mohan, who landed in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1842 [3]
  • Michael Mohan, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Mohan (post 1700)

  • Richard A. Mohan, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 15th District, 1954 [4]
  • John C. Mohan, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Allegheny County 14th District, 1964 [4]
  • Earl C. Mohan, American politician, Candidate for village President of Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, 1948 [4]
  • Nicholas "Nicky" Mohan (b. 1970), English former professional footballer who played from 1987 to 2008
  • Kapil Mohan (d. 2018), Indian entrepreneur and the Chairman and Managing Director of Mohan Meakin since 1973
  • Ram Mohan (b. 1931), Indian animator, title designer and design educator
  • Saranya Mohan (b. 1989), Indian film actress
  • Lalit Mohan Nagpaul B.E.M., J.P.,, British recipient of Medallist of the British Empire Medal 29th December 2018 for services to Older People and to the Asian community in North London [5]
  • Mr. Chandra Mohan Trikha M.B.E.,, British former Director of Distribution Performance for SSE, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to the Energy Industry [5]
  • Mohan Ramani (b. 1970), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 2004 [6]

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  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 19) . Retrieved from
  5. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018,
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 24) . Retrieved from
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