Moseley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Moseley family

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] 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] 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]

Early History of the Moseley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Moseley research. Another 113 words (8 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Moseley family (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 Lancashire in 1660, Member of Parliament...
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United States Moseley migration to the United States +

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 [3]
  • Eliz Moseley, who arrived in Virginia in 1650 [3]
  • Fra Moseley, who landed in Virginia in 1650 [3]
  • 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 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Moseley migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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

Australia Moseley migration to Australia +

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

Moseley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • George Moseley, who arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Tam O'Shanter" in 1836 [4]
  • Henry Jackson Moseley, who arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Tam O'Shanter" in 1836 [4]
  • William Moseley, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Dorset" in 1839 [5]
  • Henry Jackson Moseley, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Palmyra" in 1839 [6]
  • William Moseley, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Porter" in 1839 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Moseley 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:

Moseley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Moseley, aged 26, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "John Wickliffe" in 1848
  • Mary Moseley, aged 26, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "John Wickliffe" in 1848
  • Mary Anne Moseley, aged 4, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "John Wickliffe" in 1848
  • Elizabeth Moseley, aged 3, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "John Wickliffe" in 1848
  • Hannah Moseley, aged 8 months, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "John Wickliffe" in 1848
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Contemporary Notables of the name Moseley (post 1700) +

  • Douglas Dewayne "Doug" Moseley (1928-2017), American author, United Methodist minister and politician, Member of the Kentucky Senate (1974-1986)
  • 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
  • Jonathan Moseley (b. 1975), Puerto Rico-born, American championship skier
  • H. L. Moseley, American politician, Mayor of Weatherford, Texas, 1908-10 [8]
  • Florence Moseley, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Nebraska, 1940 [8]
  • Edward S. Moseley, American Democrat politician, Connecticut State Treasurer, 1867-68 [8]
  • Edna O. Moseley, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 22nd District, 1948 [8]
  • ... (Another 33 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. M Moseley, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [9]


Suggested Readings for the name Moseley +

  • 1645 Epitome of the History of the Moseley Family by R.L. Moseley.

  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)
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TAM O'SHANTER - 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836TamOShanter.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DORSET 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Dorset.gif
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PALMYRA 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Palmyra.htm
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PORTER 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Porter.gif
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  9. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html


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