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

The ancestral home of the Mollett family is the French region of Auvergne. Mollett was a name for someone who lived in the administrative regions of Cantal and Puy-de-Dôme. The place-name survives as Aveyron, an administrative region just to the south of the historical location of the province.


Changes of spelling have occurred in most surnames. The earliest explanation is that during the early development of the French language, names were not yet fixed in spelling. Usually a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. This depended on accent, and local accents frequently changed the spelling of a name. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there are some spelling variations of the name Mollett, including Mollette, Molete, Mollet, Mollite, Molet, de Mollette, la Molete, de la Mollet and many more.

First found in Auvergne, a historic province in south central France.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mollett research. Another 241 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1045, 1804, and 1813 are included under the topic Early Mollett History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 20 words(1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mollett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


In the 1700s, land incentives were finally given out by France to 2,000 migrants. Early marriage was encouraged in New France, and youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries, leaving French names scattered across the continent. The search for the Northwest passage continued. Migration from France to New France or Quebec, as it was now more popularly called, continued until 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In the treaty of Utrecht, Acadia were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Mollett were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Mollett were

Mollett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Edward Mollett who settled in Virginia in 1738

Mollett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Marie Mollett, aged 11, who emigrated to America, in 1896
  • Rosina Mollett, aged 50, who landed in America, in 1896

Mollett Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Holly Mollett, aged 16, who settled in America, in 1910
  • Beatrice Mollett, aged 28, who landed in America from Afucoed, Wales, in 1912
  • William Mollett, aged 8, who landed in America from Afucoed, Wales, in 1912
  • Henry Alfred Mollett, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States from Martina, Guernsey, in 1914
  • Thomas Mollett, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States, in 1920

Mollett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Mollett, aged 22, a carpenter, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Navarino"
  • Peter Mollett, aged 31, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Navarino"


  • Ryan DeForest Mollett (b. 1978), American finance executive, retired MLL lacrosse defenseman


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