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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.

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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.


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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.

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Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Moose Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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

Moose Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Laurence Moose, aged 25, arrived in Key West, Fla in 1839

Moose Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • D...b Moose, aged 27, who emigrated to the United States from Liverpool, England, in 1906
  • Mary Moose, aged 8, who emigrated 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


Moose Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century


  • Chas. Moose, aged 60, who emigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1914

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  • 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


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  2. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
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  6. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
  7. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
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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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