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The surname Mowles was first found in Roxburghshire, where they held a family seat as a Clan and conjecturally descended from Eustace the Sheriff of Huntingdon who held his lands of Molesworth in Huntingdon from Countess Judith a relative of Duke William of Normandy at the taking of the Domesday Book survey in 1086 A.D. A branch of this distinguished family moved north in 1124 in the train of King David of Scotland (Earl David of Huntingdon) and were granted lands in the upper half of Morebattle in Roxburghshire.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Molle, Moll, Mow, Mowe and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mowles research. Another 422 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1152, 1490, 1566, 1575, 1590, 1603, and 1624 are included under the topic Early Mowles History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Mowles Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Mowles family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 66 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Adam Moll who settled in New England in 1638; Bartol, Charles Elizabeth, Frederick, George, Gerard, Jacob, John, Joseph, Katrine, Martin, Michael, Peter, and Thomas Moll, all settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1731 and 1850.

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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: Post funera foenus
Motto Translation: An interest after death.

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The Mowles Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mowles Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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