Show ContentsMoulder History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Moulder was brought to England by the Normans when they conquered the country in 1066. The ancestors of the Moulder family lived in Devon. The name, however, is a reference to the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Meules in Calvados, in the arrondisement of Lisieux in the canton of Orbec, Normandy. [1]

Early Origins of the Moulder family

The surname Moulder was first found in Devon where they were under tenants of Baldwin FitzGilbert, Sheriff of Devon. Typical of the family's early benevolence, the parish of Skirbeck in Lincolnshire was the site of an early hospital.

Interestingly, the first record of the name appears before the Domesday Book of 1086 which is very unique. Ælfgar de Muletune, a Saxon was found in Suffolk c. 975. Later, Thomas de Moleton, de Multon was registered in the Pipe Rolls for Lincolnshire in 1166. [2]

"An hospital for ten persons, founded here in honour of St. Leonard, was given in 1230 by Sir Thomas Multon, Knt., to the Knights Hospitallers of St. John of Jerusalem, who dedicated it anew to St. John the Baptist. In the time of Edward II., its revenue was sufficient for the maintenance of four priests, of twenty people in the infirmary, and for the daily relief of forty more at the gate." [3]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list the following: Agnes de Multon in Norfolk, 1273; Thomas de Multon in Lincolnshire; Adam de Multon in Cambridgeshire; and Alex, de Multon in Oxfordshire. [4]

Early History of the Moulder family

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Moulder Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Moulder has been recorded under many different variations, including Moulson, Moulton, Molson, Molton and others.

Early Notables of the Moulder family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Thomas Moulson, or Mowlson (1582-1638), an alderman, Sheriff of London in 1624 , Lord Mayor of London in 1634 and represented the City...
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Moulder Ranking

In the United States, the name Moulder is the 13,451st most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [5]

United States Moulder migration to the United States +

To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Moulders were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Moulder Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jon Moulder, who arrived in Virginia in 1642 [6]
Moulder Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • A J Moulder, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [6]

Australia Moulder migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Moulder Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • George Moulder, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839 [7]
  • J. Moulder, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839 [7]
  • J.F. Moulder, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Watson" in 1849 [8]

New Zealand Moulder migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Moulder Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Moulder, aged 25, a gardener, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1842
  • Mary Ann Moulder, aged 28, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1842
  • William Moulder, aged 3, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1842
  • Eliza Moulder, aged 1, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1842
  • George Moulder, aged 33, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
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Contemporary Notables of the name Moulder (post 1700) +

  • Walter Moulder (1932-1967), American actor, known for The Magnificent Yankee (1965), Coronet Blue (1967) and For the People (1965)
  • Morgan Moore Moulder (1904-1976), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Missouri (1949-1953) and (1953-1963)
  • Glen Hubert Moulder (1917-1994), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1946 to 1948
  • Robin Moulder (b. 1966), American bassist, pianist, and programmer
  • Alan Moulder (b. 1959), British Grammy Award nominated alternative rock record producer, known for his work on Spider-Man 3 (2007), My Little Eye (2002) and Hackers (1995)
  • Helen Moulder (b. 1947), New Zealand actor, known for her work in Aberration (1997), Pictures (1981) and Rugged Gold (1994)

The Moulder 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: Regi fidelis
Motto Translation: Faithful to the king.

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  3. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  6. 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)
  7. State Library of South Australia. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) ASIA 1839 from London with Captain Benjamin Freeman and 245 passengers, arrived Port Adelaide on 16-07-1839. Retrieved from
  8. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque WILLIAM WATSON 1849. Retrieved from on Facebook