Moose History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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.

Early Origins of the Moose family

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.

Important Dates for the Moose family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Moose research. Another 147 words (10 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 and printed products wherever possible.

Moose Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Moos, Mooser, Moser, Mose, Moose and others.

Early Notables of the Moose family (pre 1700)

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Moose migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Moose Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Moose, who landed in Maryland in 1664 [1]
Moose Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Laurence Moose, aged 25, who arrived in Key West, Fla in 1839 [1]
Moose Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • D...b Moose, aged 27, who immigrated to the United States from Liverpool, England, in 1906
  • Mary Moose, aged 8, who immigrated to Scoul, New York, in 1906
  • Mrs. Mary Moose, aged 41, who settled in Scoul, New York, in 1906
  • Margaret Moose, aged 32, who settled in Powhatran, Kansas, in 1907
  • William Moose, aged 22, who settled in America from Bognor, England, in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Moose migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Moose Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Chas. Moose, aged 60, who immigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1914

Contemporary Notables of the name Moose (post 1700)

  • George Edward Moose (b. 1944), American diplomat, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Ambassador to the UN agencies in Geneva, and Ambassador to the Republics of Benin and Senegal
  • Charles Alexander Moose (b. 1953), American author and retired police officer, former chief of police for Montgomery County, Maryland, and Portland, Oregon
  • Robert "Bob" Ralph Moose Jr. (1947-1976), American Major League Baseball pitcher from 1967 to 1976
  • Moose Morowski (1935-2016), ring name of Stan Mykietowich, Canadian wrestler from Winnipeg Manitoba, inducted into the Wrestling Canadian Hall of Fame

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Citations

  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)
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