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In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Mosely surname lived 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.

Mosely Early Origins



The surname Mosely 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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Mosely Spelling Variations


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Mosely Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Mosely are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Mosely include: Moseley, Mosely, Mosley, Mossley and others.

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Mosely Early History


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Mosely Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mosely 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 Mosely History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Mosely Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Mosely 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 Mosely 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



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Mosely or a variant listed above:

Mosely Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • George Mosely settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Geo Mosely, aged 20, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • John Mosely, who landed in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1638
  • Robert Mosely, who landed in Virginia in 1640
  • William Mosely, who arrived in Virginia in 1642
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Mosely Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Lewis Mosely, who arrived in Virginia in 1784

Mosely Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Philip Mosely, who arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1844
  • J Mosely, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

Mosely Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. John Mosely U.E. who settled in Saint Johns, New Brunswick c. 1784 became a Freeman in 1785 was a Shipwright [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Mosely Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Mosely arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Tam O'Shanter" in 1836 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TAM O'SHANTER - 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836TamOShanter.htm

Mosely Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Mosely, aged 19, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Mosely (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Mosely (post 1700)



  • Windolyn D. Mosely, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2008
  • S. A. Mosely, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arkansas, 1888
  • Joshua Mosely, American politician, Member of North Carolina House of Commons from Lenoir County, 1817
  • John Mosely, American politician, Member of North Carolina House of Commons from Lenoir County, 1816
  • D. C. Mosely, American politician, Delegate to Alabama convention to ratify 21st amendment from Marengo County, 1933
  • Alexander Mosely, American politician, Member of North Carolina House of Commons from Lenoir County, 1810-11

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Mosely Historic Events


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Mosely Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. George Gordon Mosely, English 1st Class Passenger from England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

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See Also


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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)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  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

Other References

  1. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  10. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Mosely Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mosely 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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