The name Moulsan came to England
with the ancestors of the Moulsan family in the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Moulsan family lived in Devon
. The name, however, is a reference to the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
in 1066, Meules in Calvados, in the arrondisement of Lisieux in the canton of Orbec, Normandy
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
Early Origins of the Moulsan family
The surname Moulsan 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.
"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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Moulsan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Moulsan research.Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1634, 1591, 1617, 1616, 1582, 1638, 1624, 1634, 1628, 1576 and 1661 are included under the topic Early Moulsan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Moulsan Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Moulson, Moulton, Molson, Molton and others.
Early Notables of the Moulsan 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... Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Moulsan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Moulsan family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Moulsan or a variant listed above: Thomas Moulston, who arrived in Virginia in 1623; Thomas Moulton, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1630 with his wife Jane; John Moulton, who settled in New England
in 1637 with his wife and five children.
The Moulsan 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.