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Origin Displayed: Welsh

Spelling variations of this family name include: Mostyn, Mostin, Mostyne, Mosten, Mostine and others.

First found in Flintshire , where they were descended from one of the fifteen noble tribes of Wales.

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Mosten arrived in North America in 1750.

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Motto Translated: My help is from the Lord.

Some noteworthy people of the name Mostyn
  • Francis Edward Joseph Mostyn (1860-1939), Welsh prelate in the Roman Catholic Church, Archbishop of Cardiff (1921 to 1939)
  • Sir Roger Mostyn (1673-1739), 3rd Baronet was a Welsh politician, Member of Parliament for Flintshire (17011702)
  • Francis George Mostyn (1800-1847), English prelate in the Roman Catholic Church, Vicar Apostolic of the Northern District of England (1840 to 1847)
  • Savage Mostyn (1713-1757), English officer of the Royal Navy, Member of Parliament, Comptroller of the Navy
  • Sir Nicholas Anthony Joseph Ghislain Mostyn (b. 1957), British High Court of Justice justice
  • General Sir Joseph David Frederick Mostyn KCB CBE (1928-2007), British soldier, Adjutant-General to the Forces
  • John Mostyn (1709-1779), British soldier and colonial administrator, Governor of Minorca (1768-1778)

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Most Welsh surnames are patronymic; that is, they are derived from a personal name of an ancestor. In the Middle Ages, the prefixes ap, ab (son of) and ferch (daughter of) were commonly found in Welsh surnames. Welsh names used to include strings of patronymics going back through the generations, until the 16th century when people began to use fixed hereditary surnames. However, some surnames' prefixes can still be found today in many Welsh surnames, such as Prince, Probert, Bowen (ap Owen), and Beddoes. Henry VIII frowned upon this nomenclature and thus began the great change in Welsh surnames



The Black Prince, or Edward, Prince of Wales, (1330-76), is thought to have gained his nickname due to the color of his armor -- jet black. However, this claim cannot be verified. Contrary to popular conceptions, period illustrations typically depict him in silver or gilt armor, not black. He may have gained this moniker because he wore a black surcoat with a silver plume. Yet a more fantastic notion also circulates. Many hold the opinion that he was labeled black because of his skill as a knight or because he was often merciless towards the vanquished. His sacking of the town of Limoges in 1370 gives some credence to the latter notion. After taking the town, all its inhabitants were slaughtered, with no consideration to age or gender.



Writers and historians have long been divided on the truth of the many different tellings of the stories of Arthur, the great Welsh king of Britain. Although many now think that there is some truth underlying the widely varying accounts, the hard facts surrounding Arthur's reign are almost completely obscured in a mist of myths and legends. Like all legends, these tales evolved over many centuries. Their telling and retelling over those years, while it may have left them somewhat lacking in truth, has emphasized and expanded their most compelling parts, making the Arthurian saga as glorious and prolific a body of stories as any, in fact or fiction.


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