Moss History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Moss is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived near a peat bog. The name comes from the Old English word mos, which denoted a peat bog. The name may have been taken on as a hereditary surname by someone who lived near a peat bog. However, there are also place names that have come from this word, and the surname may have come from a pre-existing name for a town, village, or parish. Other instances of this surname may also have evolved from the personal name, Moses; and there was also an Ashkenazic Jewish name of uncertain origins that has evolved into Moss. Alternatively, the name could have an ancient Norman surname derived from "Godefridus de la Mosce, Normandy, [who] held a fief from Philip Augustus of the honour or Malherbe." [1]

Early Origins of the Moss family

The surname Moss was first found in Lancashire at Chat Moss, a large area of peat bog near the City of Salford, in Greater Manchester. [2]

Alternatively, the name could have derived from Moss, a village and civil parish in the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster in South Yorkshire. One of the earliest records of the name was Ailmerus filius Mosse or Almer Mosse who was listed in Norfolk 1153-1168. [3]

Later, the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Henry Mosse, as holding lands in Lincolnshire at that time. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Robertus de Mos and Johannes del Mosse. [4]

At about the same time, further north in Scotland, Gregory de Moss was tenant of the Earl of Douglas in Louchurde, 1376. [5]

Important Dates for the Moss family

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Moss Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Moss family name include Moss, Mos, Mosse and others.

Early Notables of the Moss family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Richard Moss. "In 1608 the capital messuage of Richard Moss, a recusant, of Skelmersdale [Lancashire], was granted on lease by the king to Edward Thurstan and Robert Webb. Richard Moss was still living in 1628 when, as a convicted recusant, he paid double to...
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Migration of the Moss family to Ireland

Some of the Moss family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Moss migration to the United States

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Moss surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Moss Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Moss who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Joe and Jane Moss, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Jo Moss, aged 21, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [6]
  • Jane Moss, who landed in Virginia in 1642 [6]
  • Edward Moss, who landed in Virginia in 1655 [6]
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Moss Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Anne Moss, who arrived in Virginia in 1702 [6]
  • Hanah Moss, who landed in Virginia in 1702 [6]
  • Robert Moss, who arrived in Virginia in 1704 [6]
  • William Moss, who arrived in Virginia in 1705 [6]
  • Margaret Moss, who arrived in Virginia in 1717 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Moss Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Anna Moss, aged 35, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1805 [6]
  • Bryan Moss, who arrived in America in 1806 [6]
  • Charles Moss, who landed in America in 1806 [6]
  • Rose Moss, who landed in America in 1806 [6]
  • Charles Moss, who landed in Maryland in 1831 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Moss migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Moss Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Robert Moss, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • John Moss, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • John Moss, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. Amos Moss U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1784 [7]
  • Mr. John Moss U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784 he served in Butlers Ranger [7]
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Moss Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Charles Moss, aged 23 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Lotus" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [8]

Moss migration to Australia

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

Moss Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Moss, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia [9]
  • Priscilla Moss, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "America" on December 30, 1830, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [10]
  • George Moss, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [11]
  • E. Moss, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1839 [12]
  • Samuel Moss, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [13]
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Moss 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:

Moss Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Jessie Moss, (b. 1858), aged Infant, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Maori" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th April 1858 [14]
  • Mr. John Moss, (b. 1831), aged 27, British labourer travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Maori" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th April 1858 [14]
  • Mrs. Emma Moss, (b. 1833), aged 25, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Maori" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th April 1858 [14]
  • Mr. John Moss, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Matoaka" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th September 1859 [14]
  • Mr. Moss, British settler travelling from Liverpool aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 19th October 1859 [14]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Moss (post 1700)

  • Randy Gene Moss (b. 1977), American professional football wide receiver, inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018
  • Eric Moss (1974-2019), American football player for the Minnesota Vikings (1997–1998) and the Scottish Claymores (1999)
  • Arthur J. Moss (1932-2018), American cardiologist, Distinguished Professor in Cardiology at Rochester
  • Thomas Warren "Tom" Moss Jr. (1928-2015), American politician, 52nd Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates (1991-2000)
  • Larry Moss (d. 2014), actor/director and acting coach. He wrote the acting textbook, Intent to Live
  • Jerome S. "Jerry" Moss (b. 1935), American recording executive, co-founder of A&M Records, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006
  • Santana Terrell Moss (b. 1979), American NFL football wide receiver
  • Frank Edward Moss (1911-2003), American politician, United States Senator from Utah (1959-1977)
  • Kate Moss (b. 1974), English fashion model, second on the Forbes top-earning models list in 2012
  • Alan Edward Moss (b. 1930), English cricketer
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Moss family

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Moss, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [15]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. John Barrow Moss, English Second Waiter from Crosby, Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [16]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. William Moss (d. 1912), aged 34, English 1st Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [17]
  • Mr. Albert Johan Moss, aged 29, Norwegian Third Class passenger from Bergen who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking in collapsible B [17]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Tommy Lee Moss, American Mess Attendant Second Class from Kentucky, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [18]

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Citations

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  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
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  5. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ 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
  8. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 48)
  9. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1829 with 176 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1829
  10. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1830 with 135 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1830
  11. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  12. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Lysander.htm
  13. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  14. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  15. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  16. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  17. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  18. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html
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