Mostan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Mostan family

The surname Mostan 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]

Important Dates for the Mostan family

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

Mostan Spelling Variations

Although there are not an extremely large number Welsh surnames, there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations of those surnames. This variety of spellings began almost immediately after the acceptance of surnames within Welsh society in the 15th century. As time progressed, these old Brythonic names were eventually were recorded in English. This process was problematic in that many of the highly inflected sounds of the native language of Wales could not be properly captured in English. Some families, however, did decide to modify their own names to indicate a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even a patriotic affiliation. The name Mostan has seen various spelling variations: Mostyn, Mostin, Mostyne, Mosten, Mostine and others.

Early Notables of the Mostan family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Mostan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Mostan family

The Welsh migration to North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries contributed greatly to its rapid development. These migrants were in search of land, work, and freedom. Those Welsh families that survived the long ocean journey were critical to the development of new industries and factories, and to the quick settlement of land. They also added to an ever-growing rich cultural heritage. A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Mostan: John Mosten arrived in North America in 1750.

Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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