The name Moulsten was brought to England
in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Moulsten 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 Moulsten family
The surname Moulsten 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 Moulsten family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Moulsten research.Another 293 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1634, 1591, 1617, 1616, 1582, 1638, 1624, 1634, 1628, 1576 and 1661 are included under the topic Early Moulsten History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Moulsten Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Moulsten have been found, including Moulson, Moulton, Molson, Molton and others.
Early Notables of the Moulsten 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 Moulsten Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Moulsten family to Ireland
Some of the Moulsten family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Moulsten family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland
, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Moulsten were among those contributors: 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 Moulsten 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.