The name Mosslay was first used by England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived in either of the places called Moseley in Staffordshire
, in Moseley in West Dean in Gloucestershire
, or in Mowsley in Leicestershire
. The surname Mosslay belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon
habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Mosslay family
The surname Mosslay was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held lands.
Early History of the Mosslay family
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Mosslay Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Mosslay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Mosslay family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Anne Moseley, who settled in Virginia in 1652; along with Elizabeth, Francis, Joseph, Richard, Samuel and William; George Mosely settled in Virginia in 1635.