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The ancestors of the bearers of the Most surname lived in or near the Welsh settlement of Mostyn in Whitford. The surname Most belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Most family

The surname Most was first found in Flintshire (Welsh: Sir y Fflint), a historic county, created after the defeat of the Welsh Kingdom of Gwynedd in 1284, and located in north-east Wales, where they were descended from one of the fifteen noble tribes of Wales. In the 12th century they were Lords of the Manor of Mostyn, seated at Mostyn Hall. At the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086 Mostyn, was held by Robert of Rhuddlan from whom they may also be conjecturally descended. Another branch of the family was found in Moston, Cheshire. "The manor, in old records "Moreston," was given about 1125 to the convent of St. Werburgh, under which an estate was held here by a family who took their name from the township." 1

Early History of the Most family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Most research. Another 112 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1567, 1621, 1622, 1642 and 1925 are included under the topic Early Most History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Most Spelling Variations

Although there are comparatively few Welsh surnames, they have a great many spelling variations. Variations of Welsh names began almost immediately after their acceptance within Welsh society. In the Middle Ages, it was up to priests and the few other people that recorded names in official documents to decide how to spell the names that they heard. Variations that occurred because of improper recording increased dramatically as the names were later transliterated into English. The Brythonic Celtic language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, featured many highly inflected sounds that could not be properly captured by the English language. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were all indicated by the particular variation of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Most have included Mostyn, Mostin, Mostyne, Mosten, Mostine and others.

Early Notables of the Most family

Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was

  • Lord Mostyn

United States Most migration to the United States +

The Welsh began to emigrate to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s in search of land, work, and freedom. Those that arrived helped shape the industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. The records regarding immigration and passenger show a number of people bearing the name Most:

Most Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Elias Most, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752 2
  • Antoine Most, who arrived in America in 1777-1783 2
  • Henri Most, who arrived in New York, NY in 1782 2
Most Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Conrad Most, aged 41, who landed in Missouri in 1840 2
  • George Henry Most, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1866 2

Contemporary Notables of the name Most (post 1700) +

  • Samuel "Sam" Most (1930-2013), American jazz flautist and tenor saxophonist
  • Donna Most, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1972 3
  • Clark F. Most (1890-1978), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Emmet District, 1963-64; Defeated in primary, 1956, 1958, 1960, 1964 3
  • Amicus Most, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly, 1934, 1938; Candidate for New York State Senate 3rd District, 1936; Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York at-large, 1942 3
  • Mickie Most (b. 1938), British pop music producer

The Most Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Auxilium meum a Domino
Motto Translation: My help is from the Lord.

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. 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)
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 8) . Retrieved from on Facebook