Moon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Moon surname is of Norman origin, and thought to derive from a place name such as from Moyon in La Manche, or from Mohun in Normandy. [1] [2] [3] [4]

"The same with the surname Mohun (found de Moiun), said to be from Myon, found Moon, an ancient barony near St. Lo, in Normandy. " [5]

Early Origins of the Moon family

The surname Moon was first found in Dorset, where the Domesday Book of 1086 includes: William de Moion, de Moiun, de Moine, de Mouin. [6] Later in Somerset, Reginald de Moyn, de Moyun, de Moun, de Mohun was found in the Assize Rolls of 1239-1253. [7]

In Yorkshire, the first record there was Robert Mone who was listed in the Assize Rolls of 1260. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included Thomas le Mun in Norfolk, Geoffrey le Moun in Bedfordshire [7] and John de Mohun in Somerset. [8]

In Devon, the Testa de Nevill, sive Liber Feodorum, temp. Henry III- Edward I records Reginald de Mohun, and William de Mohun, Wiltshire (Henry III-Edward I.) [9]

In Scotland, the first record was that of John de Mohun who was listed as John de Mooun in the Roll of Carlaverock (A.D. 1300.) Later, George Moon, changekeeper in Kilspindie, and James Moon, his son, are mentioned in 1711 as was Henry Moon in Fordie, 1722. [10]

Early History of the Moon family

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Moon Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Moon, Moone, Moones and others.

Early Notables of the Moon family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Peter Moon ( fl. 1548), English poet, "author of 'A Short Treatise of certayne Thinges abused in the Popysh Church, long used, but now abolyshed, to our consolation, and God's Word avaunced, the Lyght of our Salvation.' This is a poem in thirty-seven eight-line stanzas, rhyming ababbcbc, the last line being a refrain used in all the stanzas. After the poem follows, 'To God onely gyve the glory, quod Peter Moone. Imprinted at Ippyswyche by me, Jhon Oswen.' The work is excessively rare. The date 1548 is added in writing in the copy in...
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Moon World Ranking

In the United States, the name Moon is the 756th most popular surname with an estimated 39,792 people with that name. [11] However, in Australia, the name Moon is ranked the 628th most popular surname with an estimated 6,207 people with that name. [12] And in New Zealand, the name Moon is the 815th popular surname with an estimated 896 people with that name. [13] The United Kingdom ranks Moon as 935th with 7,397 people. [14]

Ireland Migration of the Moon family to Ireland

Some of the Moon family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 50 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Moon migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Moon Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Moon, who settled in Virginia in 1637
  • John Moon, who landed in Virginia in 1655 [15]
  • Henry Moon, who arrived in Virginia in 1665 [15]
Moon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Klemen Moon, who arrived in New York in 1709 [15]
  • Margret Moon, aged 44, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1733 [15]
  • Marica Moon, aged 10, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733 [15]
  • Matiles Moon, aged 8, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1733 [15]
  • Joannes Moon, aged 33, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733 [15]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Moon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles Moon, who landed in New York in 1801 [15]
  • Thomas Moon, aged 33, who arrived in Delaware in 1812 [15]
  • Benjamin Moon, aged 23, who arrived in Georgia in 1812 [15]
  • Allen Moon, aged 23, who landed in Maryland in 1813 [15]
  • J Moon, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1822 [15]
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Moon Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mr. John Moon, (b. 1872), aged 31, Cornish miner, from Camborne, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Oceanic" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 11th November 1903 en route to Calumet, Michigan, USA [16]
  • Mr. Samuel Moon, (b. 1882), aged 21, Cornish miner, from Camborne, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Oceanic" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 11th November 1903 en route to Calumet, Michigan, USA [16]
  • Mr. James Moon, (b. 1875), aged 28, Cornish miner, from Camborne, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "St Paul" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 28th June 1903 en route to Red Jacket, Michigan, USA [16]
  • Mr. Alfred H.S. Moon, (b. 1885), aged 20, Cornish house decorator travelling aboard the ship "St Paul" arriving at Ellis Island, New York in 1905 en route to Braddock, Pennsylvania, USA [16]

Canada Moon migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Moon Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Matthew Moon, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Robert Moon, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • William Moon, who settled in Nova Scotia in 1774
Moon Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Peter Moon, who landed in Canada in 1830
  • Thomas Moon, aged 18, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Robert Burns" in 1834

Australia Moon migration to Australia +

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

Moon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Moon, British Convict who was convicted in London, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Countess of Harcourt" on 8th April 1821, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [17]
  • Mr. William Banks Moon, (b. 1804), aged 34, English farm labourer from Biddenden, Kent, England travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Maitland" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 6th November 1838, he died in 1890 [18]
  • Mrs. Hannah Moon, (nee Care), (b. 1805), aged 33, English settler from Rolvenden, Kent, England travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Maitland" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 6th November 1838, she died in 1888 [19]
  • Mr. William Francis Moon, (b. 1824), aged 14, English farm labourer from Rolvenden, Kent, England travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Maitland" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 6th November 1838, he died in 1887 [20]
  • Mr. Josephus Moon, (b. 1825), aged 12, English settler from Rolvenden, Kent, England travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Maitland" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 6th November 1838, he died in 1910 [21]
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New Zealand Moon migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Moon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Moon, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1861
  • Mr. William Moon, (b. 1860), aged 18, Cornish farm labourer departing on 1st November 1878 aboard the ship "Waikato" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 28th January 1878 [22]
  • Mrs. Ann Moon, (b.1840), aged 38, Cornish settler departing on 15th October 1878 aboard the ship "Maraval" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 17th January 1879 [23]
  • Mr. Charley Moon, (b.1868), aged 10, Cornish settler departing on 15th October 1878 aboard the ship "Maraval" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 17th January 1879 [23]
  • Miss Maleaska Moon, (b.1863), aged 15, Cornish general servant departing on 15th October 1878 aboard the ship "Maraval" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 17th January 1879 [23]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Moon (post 1700) +

  • Darvin Moon (1963-2020), American self-employed logger and amateur poker player who was the runner-up of the 2009 World Series of Poker (WSOP)
  • Wallace Wade "Wally" Moon (1930-2018), American Major League Baseball outfielder who played from 1954 to 1965, awarded the Gold Glove Award (1960)
  • Parker Thomas Moon (1892-1936), American political scientist, assistant professor at Columbia University (1919-)
  • Private Harold H Moon Jr. (1921-1944), American soldier awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944
  • Richard Moon (1814-1899), English Chairman of the London and North-Western Railway Company (1861-1891), created Baron Moon of Copsewood, County of Warwick on 22 July 1887
  • William Moon (1818-1894), English inventor and clergyman, best known for developing a system of raised lettering for blind readers
  • Prof. Robert Edward Moon C.B.E., British Emeritus Professor of Education for Open University, was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to Education in Developing Countries [24]
  • Geoff Moon OBE (1915-2009), world renowned New Zealand naturalist, ornithologist, conservationist, veterinary surgeon and photographer
  • Paul Moon (b. 1968), New Zealand historian and professor at the Auckland University of Technology
  • Sir Edward Penderel Moon (1905-1987), British administrator in India, and writer
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Walter Moon (b. 1904), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [25]
  • Mr. Jack E Moon (b. 1917), English Petty Officer serving for the Royal Navy from Hastings, Sussex, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [25]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. John Henry Moon (b. 1914), British Mechanician 2nd Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [26]
Monongah Mine
  • Mr. Frank Moon (b. 1888), Polish coal miner who was in mine 6 at the Monongah mine on 6th December 1907 when it exploded and collapsed; he died [27]
  • Mr. James Moon (b. 1891), American coal miner who was in mine 6 at the Monongah mine on 6th December 1907 when it exploded and collapsed; he died [27]


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  26. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
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