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

The surname Moskal is a patronymic surname formed by adding the Slavic suffix "-ovic" meaning "son of" to a transformation of the biblical Hebrew personal Moses ("Mosko" was a Polish pet form of the personal name Moses). Jews in Eastern and Central Europe only began to use fixed hereditary surnames near the end of the 18th century. Beginning in 1845 in Russia, Jewish people were compelled to choose or accept hereditary surnames. Because of the era when these names were assumed, it is highly unlikely that the name origins have to do with the place name Moscow.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Moskowitz, Moskowitch, Moskowvich, Moskovic, Moskowicz, Mocowicz, Moskovicz, Moscowitz, Moskovitz, Moskowits, Moskovits and many more.

First found in Russia, where the name was born by members of the Jewish population of the Russian Empire.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Moskal research. Another 143 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 146 and 1468 are included under the topic Early Moskal History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Moskal Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Moskal Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • John Moskal, who landed in Manitoba in 1898

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