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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.

Mule Early Origins



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.

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Mule Spelling Variations


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Mule Spelling Variations



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

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Mule Early History


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Mule Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mule research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Mule History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Mule Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Mule Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mule Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Wm. Mule, who came to Virginia in 1650
  • William Mule, who arrived in Virginia in 1650
  • Mathew Mule, who landed in Virginia in 1656

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 came to Charles Town, South Carolina in 1767

Mule Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Anna Mule, aged 16, who emigrated to the United States, in 1894

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Contemporary Notables of the name Mule (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Mule (post 1700)



  • Lawrence C. Mule, American Republican politician, Member of New York Republican State Committee, 1961
  • Marcel Mule (1901-2001), French classical saxophonist

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    6. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    9. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
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    The Mule Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mule 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.

    This page was last modified on 27 January 2016 at 10:24.

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