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The distinguished and ancient German surname Moose is derived from the German word "moos," meaning "moss." This name is given to over two hundred "flurnamen," or parcels of land, located throughout Swabia (modern Baden-Württemburg) and Bavaria, all denoting swamp areas; thus, the progenitor of the surname Moose may have been someone who hailed from one of these regions. "moos" is also an element found in the names of many German cities, such as Moosau, Moosbach, and Moosberg; in this instance, it is likely that the name was first borne by a native of one of these cities.
The surname Moose was first found in South Germany, where the ancestral home of the Moose family is thought to be located. The origins of the surname make it probable that several branches of the Moose family emerged independently during the Middle Ages. It was a common practice of the time to refer to a new resident of a city by the name of his hometown; thus, it is likely that many of the first bearers of the name Moose were natives of one of the swamp areas known as Moose or from one of the cities with the element "moos" in its name, who had settled elsewhere, and were then referred to by the name of their hometown.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Moos, Mooser, Moser, Mose, Moose and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Moose research. Another 206 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1242, 1269, 1469, 1500, 1647, 1710, 1768, and 1850 are included under the topic Early Moose History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Moose Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Moose Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Moose Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Moose Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Moose Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
The Moose Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Moose 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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