Moyse History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

When the ancestors of the Moyse family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Shropshire. The name, however, is a reference to the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England, Moy, Normandy.

Early Origins of the Moyse family

The surname Moyse was first found in Shropshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The earliest reference to the name was Jeanne de Moy, a wealthy dowager widow of William Crispin IX, Baron of Bec in France about the year 1325. The name originated in Moy in Normandy. However, the name Moy became interpreted in northwestern England and Wales, and on the Welsh border as Moyes, Moyse, and Moses, even Moesen, the latter being a Welsh version being found in Denbigh, Llangollen and Wrexham. The name was also extended to Mostyn, and became attached to Vychan, Lord of Mostyn.

Early History of the Moyse family

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Moyse 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. Moyse has been recorded under many different variations, including Moy, Moye, Moys, Moyse, Moyes, Moses, Moesen, Moi and others.

Early Notables of the Moyse family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Moyse family to Ireland

Some of the Moyse family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Moyse 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. Moyses were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Moyse Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jon Moyse, who arrived in Virginia in 1628 [1]
  • Joseph Moyse, who settled in New England in 1635
Moyse Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Francois Moyse, who landed in South Carolina in 1756 [1]
Moyse Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph M Moyse, who landed in Mississippi in 1879 [1]
Moyse Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mr. James Edward Moyse, (b. 1878), aged 27, English carpenter, from Devonport, Plymouth, UK travelling aboard the ship "St Louis" arriving at Ellis Island, New York in 1905 en route to Brooklyn, New York, USA [2]
  • Mr. William Moyse, (b. 1882), aged 23, Cornish miner travelling aboard the ship "St Paul" arriving at Ellis Island, New York in 1905 en route to Idaho Springs, Colorado, USA [2]

Canada Moyse migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Moyse Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Marie Moyse, aged 22, who arrived in St Pierre and Miquelon in 1767

Australia Moyse migration to Australia +

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

Moyse Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Richard Moyse, English convict who was convicted in Suffolk, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Chapman" on 6th April 1824, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [3]
  • Mr. William Moyse, British Convict who was convicted in Suffolk, England for life, transported aboard the "Asia" on 20th July 1837, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Mr. William Moyse, (b. 1817), aged 24, Cornish labourer travelling aboard the ship "William Turner" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 5th October 1841 [5]
  • Mrs. Mary Moyse, (b. 1819), aged 22, Cornish farm servant travelling aboard the ship "William Turner" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 5th October 1841 [5]
  • Mr. William Moyse, (b. 1841), aged 6 months, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "William Turner" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 5th October 1841 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Moyse migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [6]
Moyse Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Susanna Moyse, who settled in Barbados in 1678

Contemporary Notables of the name Moyse (post 1700) +

  • Blanche Honegger Moyse (1909-2011), American conductor
  • George G. Moyse (b. 1878), American Republican politician, Member of Massachusetts State House of Representatives Fifth Middlesex District, 1920-24; Member of Massachusetts State Senate Fifth Middlesex District, 1925-36 [7]
  • Alec Rodney Moyse (b. 1935), English footballer
  • Christopher Raymond Moyse (b. 1965), English former professional footballer
  • Gaston Moyse, French founder of Locotracteurs Gaston Moyse, a French manufacturer of diesel shunting locomotives in 1922
  • Louis Moyse (1912-2007), famous French flute player and composer, son of Marcel Moyse
  • Marcel Moyse (1889-1984), famous French flutist
  • Heather Moyse (b. 1978), Canadian gold, silver and two-time bronze medalist bobsledder
  • Walter Moyse (b. 1981), Canadian professional basketball player
  • Moyse Antoine Pierre Jean Bayle (1755-1812), French politician of the French Revolution

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from
  3. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retreived 26th January 2021, retreived from
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th February 2020). Retrieved from
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, May 30). Ships' Passenger Lists of Arrivals in New South Wales on (1828 - 1842, 1848 - 1849) [PDF]. Retrieved from
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  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 20) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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