Mohn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Mohn is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Mohn 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 Mohn family
The surname Mohn 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. 
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." 
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." 
"Rosteage, [in the parish of Gerrans, Cornwall] in the reign of Elizabeth, was the seat of Reginald Mohun, a captain under Sir Walter Raleigh. In this family it continued until the year 1662, when it was purchased by Nicholas Kempe, Esq." 
Early History of the Mohn family
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Mohn Spelling Variations
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 Moyon, Moion, Mohun, Moyne, Munn, Munns, Munson, Munton, Mwn, Mun, Munds, Mouns, Muns, Munnes, Munnson, Munnsen, Munning and many more.
Early Notables of the Mohn 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 Mohn family to Ireland
Some of the Mohn family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Mohn migration to the United States +
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 Mohn or a variant listed above:
Mohn Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Johannes Mohn, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733 
- Baltzer Mohn, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1747 
- Uhllerich Mohn, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1747 
- Ludwick Mohn, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1761 
- Ulrick Mohn, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1762 
Mohn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Martin Mohn, aged 27, who landed in New York, NY in 1836 
- Friederich Mohn, aged 30, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 
- Friedr Mohn, who landed in America in 1858 
- Christian Aug Mohn, who arrived in America in 1858 
- Elis Schmidt Mohn, who landed in America in 1862 
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Mohn migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Mohn Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Theodore Mohn, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Caspar" in 1849 
Contemporary Notables of the name Mohn (post 1700) +
- Thorbjorn N. Mohn (1844-1899), American Lutheran church leader, 1st President of St. Olaf College (1874-1899)
- William Kirk "Bill" Mohn (b. 1899), American football player for the University of Notre Dame
- Mrs. Thomas Mohn, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1924 
- Paul Mohn, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from Oregon, 1996 
- Leo O. Mohn, American Democrat politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly 29th District; Elected 1974 
- George L. Mohn, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from East Windsor; Elected 1930, 1932, 1934 
- George C. Mohn, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Union County, 1903-06 
- Carl J. Mohn, American politician, Member of South Dakota State Senate 33rd District, 1917-20 
- C. A. Mohn, American politician, Mayor of Junction City, Kansas, 1952-56 
- Reinhard Mohn (1921-2009), German businessman
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The Mohn Motto +
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.
- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
- ^ 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)
- ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The CASPAR 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Caspar.htm
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html