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The name Mullett reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Mullett family lived in Buckinghamshire. The name, however, is reference to the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Miall, Normandy. Alternatively, the name could have been a " metonymic occupational name for a grower or seller of millet or panic grass, from the Old French word 'milium' " [1]

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The surname Mullett was first found in various counties and shires throughout Britain as seen in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273: Roger Millot in Nottinghamshire; and John Milot in Huntingdonshire. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 lists: Willelmus Melot; Johannes Millot; Matilda Millot; and Rogerus Millotson. [2] The History and Antiquities of North Durham, by Rev. James Raine in 1852 lists the following family in Durham: John Mylote in 1380; William Melot in 1433; and Robert Millot in 1512.

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 Mullett family name include Millet, Millett and others.


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

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More information is included under the topic Early Mullett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Mullett family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 Mullett family to immigrate North America:

Mullett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Thomas Mullett, who landed in Virginia in 1653
  • Wm Mullett, who landed in Virginia in 1664
  • Winifred Mullett, who arrived in Maryland in 1697

Mullett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Samuel Mullett, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1843

Mullett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • William Mullett arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Thomas Lowry" in 1848
  • William Harvey Mullett arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Thomas Lowry" in 1848
  • Mary Eliza Mullett arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Thomas Lowry" in 1848
  • James Robert Mullett arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Thomas Lowry" in 1848
  • Fanny Mullett arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Thomas Lowry" in 1848


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  • Alfred Bult Mullett (1834-1890), American architect
  • Joseph "Joe" Mullett (1936-1995), English professional footballer
  • Aaron Mullett (b. 1992), Australian rules footballer
  • Margaret Elizabeth Mullett OBE, Professor of Byzantine Studies at the Queen's University of Belfast


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  1. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  2. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  4. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  5. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  6. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  7. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
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The Mullett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mullett 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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