Show ContentsMollett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Mollett family

The surname Mollett was first found in Auvergne, a historic province in south central France.

Early History of the Mollett family

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Mollett Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Mollett family

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Mollett Ranking

In the United States, the name Mollett is the 12,174th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 1

United States Mollett migration to the United States +

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 immigrated 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 immigrated to the United States from Martina, Guernsey, in 1914
  • Thomas Mollett, aged 20, who immigrated to the United States, in 1920
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Australia Mollett migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Mollett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Robert Mollett who was convicted in Norwich, Norfolk, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "David Malcolm" on 13th May 1845, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) and Norfolk Island 2
  • John Mollett, aged 22, a carpenter, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Navarino" 3
  • Peter Mollett, aged 31, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Navarino" 3

Contemporary Notables of the name Mollett (post 1700) +

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

Arrow Air Flight 1285
  • Mr. James Albert Mollett (1963-1985), American Sergeant from Kermitt, West Virginia, USA who died in the Arrow Air Flight 1285 crash 4

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  2. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 21st June 2021). Retrieved from
  3. South Australian Register Monday 14th August 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Navarino 1854. Retrieved
  4. American War Memorials - Flight 1285. (Retrieved 2016, August 24) . Retrieved from on Facebook