Moley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Moley family

The surname Moley was first found in Warwickshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1212 when John Malynes held lands.

Important Dates for the Moley family

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Moley Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Moley include Malins, Malin, Mallin, Malynes, Malle and others.

Early Notables of the Moley family (pre 1700)

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Moley migration to the United States

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Moley or a variant listed above:

Moley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Anty Moley, aged 22, who landed in New York in 1854 [1]
  • W Moley, aged 18, who landed in New York in 1854 [1]
  • James B Moley, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1874 [1]

Moley migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Moley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Nancy Moley, aged 30, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast, Ireland

Contemporary Notables of the name Moley (post 1700)

  • Raymond Charles Moley (1886-1975), American presidential adviser, professor of law and author, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Frances Moley, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1956 [2]
  • Moley McColley, American animator, best known for her work in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (1985), Snoopy's Getting Married, Charlie Brown and Shinbone Alley (1971)


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 19) . Retrieved from
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