Moulson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Moulson is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest brought to England in 1066. The Moulson 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 Moulson family

The surname Moulson 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 Moulson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Moulson 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 Moulson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Moulson Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Moulson are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Moulson include Moulson, Moulton, Molson, Molton and others.

Early Notables of the Moulson 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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United States Moulson migration to the United States +

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Moulson, or a variant listed above:

Moulson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edw Moulson, who landed in Virginia in 1662 [5]
  • Jane Moulson, who landed in Virginia in 1662 [5]
  • William Moulson, who arrived in Virginia in 1662 [5]
  • Edward Moulson, who arrived in Virginia in 1663 [5]
  • Fulke Moulson, who landed in Virginia in 1674 [5]
Moulson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Robert Moulson who settled in Annapolis in 1725
Moulson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Moulson, aged 28, who arrived in New York in 1854 [5]

New Zealand Moulson 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:

Moulson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Moulson, British settler travelling from Liverpool aboard the ship "Tornado" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th September 1859 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Moulson (post 1700) +

  • Robert Moulson (1932-2003), American classical tenor
  • Roger Moulson, English poet whose debut poem Waiting for the Night-Rowers was the winner of the Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Prize in 2006
  • Matthew Keith Moulson (b. 1983), Canadian professional ice hockey left winger and an alternate captain for the Buffalo Sabres
  • George Moulson (1914-1994), Irish professional football player
  • Cornelius "Con" Moulson (1906-1989), Irish footballer and manager


The Moulson 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.


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  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. ^ 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)
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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