The name Moysey reached England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Moysey family lived in Shropshire
. The name, however, is a reference to the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
, Moy, Normandy.
Early Origins of the Moysey family
The surname Moysey 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 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 Moysey family
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Moysey Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Moysey family name include Moy, Moye, Moys, Moyse, Moyes, Moses, Moesen, Moi and others.
Early Notables of the Moysey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Moysey family to Ireland
Some of the Moysey family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 39 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Moysey family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Moysey family to immigrate North America: Francois Moy who settled in Louisiana in 1719; Dennis, Edward and Hugh Moy settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1853; John Moys settled in Philadelphia in 1878.