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Where did the German Mumme family come from? What is the German Mumme family crest and coat of arms? When did the Mumme family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Mumme family history?

The distinguished German surname Mumme comes from Friesland, now a district of Lower Saxony. The name is derived from the Germanic personal name "Mumma," now found only in Friesland, and means "son of Mumma." Alternatively, the name may be derived from the Germanic word "mumm," meaning "to mutter." In this instance, the name would have been originally bestowed as a nickname, most likely in the region of Swabia, where the spelling "Mumme" is most common.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Mumm, Mumma, Mumme, Mum and others.

First found in various cities in northern Germany, where the earliest instances of the name were recorded. The first known bearer was Nikolas Mumme, who lived in Hamburg from 1290 to 1305. The young Mumme family was an integral part of the society of the region, playing a crucial role in its development during the early Middle Ages.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mumme research. Another 214 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1334, 1492, 1695, and 1799 are included under the topic Early Mumme History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 26 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mumme Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mumme Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Jul Mumme, who arrived in North America in 1832-1849
  • Joh Herm Heinr Franz Mumme, who landed in America in 1845

Mumme Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • C.A.H. Mumme arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Steinwaerder"

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  • Friedel Mumme, actress


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The Mumme Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mumme 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 23 September 2010 at 15:40.

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