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Where did the English Moseley family come from? What is the English Moseley family crest and coat of arms? When did the Moseley family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Moseley family history?

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.

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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.

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]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Moseley research. Another 223 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.

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Another 211 words(15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Moseley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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


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


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


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  • Jonathan Moseley (b. 1975), Puerto Rico-born, American championship skier
  • Dustin Aaron Moseley (b. 1981), American Major League Baseball pitcher for the San Diego Padres from Texarkana, Arkansas
  • William "Bill" Moseley (b. 1951), American film actor and musician
  • Keith Moseley (b. 1965), American musician and songwriter
  • 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
  • Henry Gwyn Jeffreys Moseley (1887-1915), English physicist
  • Henry Nottidge Moseley FRS (1844-1891), British naturalist from London who sailed on the global expedition of the HMS Challenger (1872 through 1876)
  • Henry Gwyn Jeffreys Moseley (1887-1915), British chemist who studied and developed the application of X-ray spectra and atomic structure who developed Moseley's Law
  • Robert Moseley (1922-1996), original name of Guy Madison, the American film and television actor
  • Ryan Moseley (b. 1982), Barbados-born, Austrian sprinter

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

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  4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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  10. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
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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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