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The origins of the Welsh name Mulder go back to the ancient Celtic culture that existed in the hills and Moors of Wales. The forbears that initially held the name Mulder once lived in or near the settlement of Mogridge in the southwestern English county of Devon. The surname Mulder belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.


The surname Mulder was first found in Breconshire (Welsh: Sir Frycheiniog), a traditional county in southern Wales, which takes its name from the Welsh kingdom of Brycheiniog (5th-10th centuries), where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

There are relatively few surnames native to Wales, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. Early variations of Welsh surnames can be explained by the fact that very few people in the early Middle Ages were literate. Priests and the few other literate people were responsible for recording names in official documents. And because most people could not specific how to properly record their names it was up to the individual recorder of that time to determine how a spoken name should be recorded. Variations due to the imprecise or improper recording of a name continued later in history when names originally composed in the Brythonic Celtic, language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, were transliterated into English. Welsh names that were documented in English often changed dramatically since the native language of Wales, which was highly inflected, did not copy well. Occasionally, however, spelling variations were carried out according to an individual's specific design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by minor variations. The spelling variations of the name Mulder have included Muggeridge, Mugeridge, Mugridge, Moderidge, Modridge and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mulder research. Another 147 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mulder History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


More information is included under the topic Early Mulder Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


During the latter half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, the people of Wales journeyed to North America to find a new life. They made major contributions to the arts, industry and commerce of both Canada and the United States, and added a rich cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Mulder:

Mulder Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Cornelis Stevens Mulder, aged 21, arrived in New York in 1660
  • Joshua Mulder, who landed in Virginia in 1673

Mulder Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Balthasar Mulder, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1787

Mulder Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Clara Mulder, aged 4, landed in New York, NY in 1847
  • Aaltje J Mulder, aged 55, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847
  • Agathe Mulder, aged 28, landed in New York, NY in 1847
  • Gertrude Mulder, aged 43, landed in New York, NY in 1847
  • Lucas Mulder, aged 48, arrived in New York, NY in 1847
  • ...

  • Grant R. Mulder, Major General in the United States Air Force
  • Dave W. Mulder (b. 1939), American politician, Iowa State Senator
  • Tyler Mulder (b. 1987), American track and field athlete
  • Mark Alan Mulder (b. 1977), American retired left-handed starting pitcher in Major League Baseball
  • Richard Mulder (b. 1938), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 2004
  • Leland E. Mulder (b. 1925), American Democrat politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly from La Crosse County 2nd District; Defeated, 1956; Elected 1958; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Wisconsin 3rd District, 1986
  • John B. Mulder, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1908
  • Enrique Mulder (b. 1856), American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Vigo, 1897-98, 1900-16
  • Eldon Mulder, American Republican politician, Member of Alaska State House of Representatives 23rd District, 2001
  • Benjamin A. Mulder, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1900 (alternate), 1936
  • ...

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: Dat deus incrementum
Motto Translation: God gives increase.


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    Other References

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    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    5. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    10. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
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    The Mulder Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Mulder 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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