The English surname Moulay is thought to have arisen independently from a few different sources. It comes from the medieval personal name
, derived from the Old English word "mule," meaning a "halfbreed." This was the name of a brother of Ceadwalla, King of Wessex (died 675). It also comes from Old Norse "muli" meaning "muzzle," or "snout." And, it also came from the Middle English "mule," referring to the animal "mule;" in which instance it was likely originally a nickname
for a stubborn person, or an occupational
name for a driver of pack animals.
Early Origins of the Moulay family
The surname Moulay was first found in Devon
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 12th century when they held lands.
Early History of the Moulay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Moulay research.Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Moulay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Moulay Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Moulay family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early Moulay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Moulay family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Wm. Mule, who came to Virginia in 1650; Dorathy Moule, who came to Virginia in 1657; Edward Moule, a bonded passenger, who arrived in America in 1747.