Mule History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The English surname Mule is thought to have arisen independently from a few different sources. It comes from the medieval personal name, derived from the Old English word "mule," meaning a "halfbreed." This was the name of a brother of Ceadwalla, King of Wessex (died 675). It also comes from Old Norse "muli" meaning "muzzle," or "snout." And, it also came from the Middle English "mule," referring to the animal "mule;" in which instance it was likely originally a nickname for a stubborn person, or an occupational name for a driver of pack animals.

Early Origins of the Mule family

The surname Mule was first found in Devon where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 12th century when they held lands.

Early History of the Mule family

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Mule Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Mule, Mules and others.

Early Notables of the Mule family (pre 1700)

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Mule Ranking

In the United States, the name Mule is the 17,221st most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Mule migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mule Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Wm. Mule, who settled in Virginia in 1650
  • William Mule, who arrived in Virginia in 1650 [2]
  • Mathew Mule, who landed in Virginia in 1656 [2]
Mule Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Henry Mule, and his two children, who arrived in South Carolina in 1752
  • Abraham Mule, who settled in Charles Town, South Carolina in 1767
Mule Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Anna Mule, aged 16, who immigrated to the United States, in 1894

Contemporary Notables of the name Mule (post 1700) +

  • Lawrence C. Mule, American Republican politician, Member of New York Republican State Committee, 1961 [3]
  • Marcel Mule (1901-2001), French classical saxophonist
  • Gary Mule Deer (b. 1940), born Gary Miller, American comedian

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  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 27) . Retrieved from on Facebook