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The Anglo-Saxon name Moseley comes from when the family resided in one of the places called Moseley in Staffordshire and Worcestershire (both in the West Midlands region), in Moseley in West Dean in Gloucestershire, or in Mowsley in Leicestershire. There is also a Mossley in Greater Manchester.

Moseley Early Origins



The surname Moseley was first found in Moseley, now a suburb of Birmingham in the West Midlands or in Moseley in Herefordshire and Worcestershire or in Mowsley, a small village in Lancashire. All four locations are listed in the Domesday Book. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
The West Midlands village was originally called Moleshi and literally meant "woodland clearing of a man called Moll," from the Old English personal name + leah. The latter three locations were listed as Museleie and in these cases, the place names literally meant "woodland clearing infested with mice." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Mossely, a small town and civil parish in Greater Manchester was first listed as Moselegh in 1319 and literally meant "woodland clearing by a swamp or bog." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

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Moseley Spelling Variations


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Moseley Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Moseley include Moseley, Mosely, Mosley, Mossley and others.

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Moseley Early History


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Moseley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Moseley research. Another 225 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1527, 1612, 1599, 1609, 1610, 1661, 1647, 1639, 1665, 1660, 1661, 1720, 1674, 1751, 1705, 1757 and 1779 are included under the topic Early Moseley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Moseley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Moseley Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the family at this time include Sir Nicholas Moseley; Humphrey Moseley (died 1661), a prominent London publisher and bookseller, best known for the first Beaumont and Fletcher folio of 1647; Sir Edward Mosley, 1st Baronet of Rolleston; and Sir Edward Mosley, 2nd Baronet (1639-1665), an English politician, Sheriff of...

Another 63 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Moseley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Moseley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jos Moseley, who arrived in Virginia in 1634
  • Eliz Moseley, who arrived in Virginia in 1650
  • Fra Moseley, who landed in Virginia in 1650
  • Anne Moseley, who settled in Virginia in 1652 along with Elizabeth, Francis, Joseph, Richard, Samuel, and William
  • Anne Moseley, who landed in Virginia in 1652
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Moseley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Fras Moseley, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • John Moseley, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749

Moseley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Moseley arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Tam O'Shanter" in 1836
  • Henry Jackson Moseley arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Tam O'Shanter" in 1836
  • William Moseley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Dorset" in 1839
  • Henry Jackson Moseley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Palmyra" in 1839
  • William Moseley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Porter" in 1839
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Moseley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Moseley, aged 26, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "John Wickliffe" in 1848
  • Mary Moseley, aged 26, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "John Wickliffe" in 1848
  • Mary Anne Moseley, aged 4, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "John Wickliffe" in 1848
  • Elizabeth Moseley, aged 3, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "John Wickliffe" in 1848
  • Hannah Moseley, aged 8 months, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "John Wickliffe" in 1848
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Moseley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Moseley (post 1700)



  • Thomas William Henry Harrison Moseley (1813-1880), American builder and designer of wrought-iron arch bridges, best known for his "Wrought-Iron Lattice Girder Bridge" patent
  • Keith Moseley (b. 1965), American musician and songwriter
  • William "Bill" Moseley (b. 1951), American film actor and musician
  • Dustin Aaron Moseley (b. 1981), American Major League Baseball pitcher for the San Diego Padres from Texarkana, Arkansas
  • Florence Moseley, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Nebraska, 1940
  • Edward S. Moseley, American Democrat politician, Connecticut State Treasurer, 1867-68
  • Edna O. Moseley, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 22nd District, 1948
  • Doug Moseley, American Republican politician, Member of Kentucky State Senate 16th District; Elected unopposed 1973, 1977; Elected 1981
  • Daniel Moseley, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Onondaga County, 1827
  • B. F. Moseley, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Louisiana, 1888
  • ... (Another 32 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Moseley Historic Events


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Moseley Historic Events




HMS Repulse

  • Mr. M Moseley, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Moseley


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Suggested Readings for the name Moseley



  • Epitome of the History of the Moseley Family by R.L. Moseley.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  5. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  6. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  10. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  11. ...

The Moseley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Moseley 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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