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The origins of the surname Mulkey are rather uncertain; there are several possible derivations stemming from various sources. The Middle High German word "mol(le)" meaning "salamander" is one origin; this interpretation refers to a fat, clumsy person. Another possible source is the Swabian word "molle" meaning "bull, steer," indicating a person who is stubborn. While both of these interpretations are nickname origins, it is also possible that Mulkey is a derivation of Germanic personal names, indicating descent.

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The surname Mulkey was first found in Konstanz, at the southern border of the Baden-Wuerttemberg region. The name dates back as far as 1233, when Sifrit Molle of Konstanz is recorded to have lived.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Mulkey, Molle, Mollenkopf, Mollenschädel, Mol, von Moll and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mulkey research. Another 143 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1233, 1436, 1478, 1281, 1788, 1848, 1654, 1732 and 1678 are included under the topic Early Mulkey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notables with the surname Mulkey during this period were Rudolf Mulechin, a lay judge living in Kastel in 1281; Florian Moll (1788-1848), a prominent German professor and theologian; and Herman Moll (1654?-1732), a...

Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mulkey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mulkey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Mrs. M. Mulkey, aged 34, who settled in America from Tulla, in 1901
  • Frederick W. Mulkey, aged 31, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Margaret Mulkey, aged 39, who landed in America from Ennis, Ireland, in 1907
  • John L. Mulkey, aged 32, who emigrated to the United States, in 1912
  • Edward Mulkey, aged 53, who emigrated to America, in 1919
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  • William O. Mulkey (1871-1943), United States Representative from Alabama
  • Frederick W. Mulkey (1874-1924), United States Senator from Oregon
  • William Oscar Mulkey (1871-1943), American Democrat politician, Member of Alabama State House of Representatives, 1911; U.S. Representative from Alabama 3rd District, 1914-15
  • P. F. Mulkey, American politician, Village President of Western Springs, Illinois, 1935
  • John H. Mulkey, American politician, Justice of Illinois State Supreme Court, 1879-88
  • Frederick William Mulkey (1874-1924), American Republican politician, U.S. Senator from Oregon, 1907, 1918
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    Other References

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    2. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    3. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    4. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    5. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    6. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    7. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    8. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    9. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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