Last name: Moon

This intriguing surname has a number of possible origins. The first is English but ultimately French, being from the village of Moyon in the departement of La Manche, in Normandy. The first name holder was one William de Moion, a close follower of Duke William of Normandy, and one who after the famlous Conquest of 1066, was granted various estates in the county of Dorset. Other early examples of the surname from this source include: Reginald de Moyn of Somerset in 1239, and William de Mohun of Wiltshire, in 1272. The second possible source is as a nickname from the French words "moun" meaning a monk, and as such given to a lay person who followed a monkish way of life, or perhaps played the part of a monk in the famous travelling theatres of the Middle Ages. Early recordings include: Robert Mone of Yorkshire, in 1260; Thomas le Mun of Norfolk, in 1275, and Geoffrey le Moun of Bedfordshire, in 1279. Moon may also have originated as a Cornish nickname for a slender person, from the Cornish "mon", thin, as on October 22nd 1588, Jane Moon, was christened at Guethiock, Cornwall. Finally, Moon may be Irish and either of English origin or a form of the Old Gaelic O'Mochain, a personal byname from the word "moch", meaning early. This sept, also Anglicized as Mohan, belonged primarily to the provinces of Connacht and Ulster. On May 19th 1681, Samuel, the son of John Moon, was christened at St. Peter and St. Kevin, Dublin. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William de Mouin, which was dated 1086, in the Domesday Book for Derbyshire, during the reign of King William 1st of England, known as "The Conqueror", 1066 - 1087.

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Charlie Moon
Well I'm part of a long line of Moon's that come from Yorkshire and on my dads side back to Ireland. Surprised to see the name Austin pop up a lot in this thread as my fathers name is Austin moon and i thought Austin wasn't a popular name. You put in my sisters name into google and she's the first image as she was in the Yorkshire evening post as the girl with 4 kidneys. Either way seems like alot of our family would we no longer are in touch with live either in ireland or down in kent somewhere. would like to learn more without paying for the information at hand.

Jennifer Moon
I married into a "Moon" family myself. I was told by my ex mother in law, that the Moon Family as far as she knows came from the French. Most of her Moon family originally moved to Louisiana. So My ex husband said he was French Cajun. I too am very curious to know where the name Moon comes from, as I have a son by my ex husband and would like to trace back the name. I at least know where my maiden names is derived from. :)

David Brent Moon
My great-grandfather was Ethan Allen Moon. The story I was told as a child was that the "Moons" were from Denmark first and were vikings. The story goes that they were a clan that went to war under a banner of a cresent moon. They did well in battle and were granted lands in the British Isles. They kept the surname of the flag they fought under because everyone called them "Moons" anyway. The name is supposed to mean the moon in the sky in whatever language you are using. Anyone else hear this story as a child?

David Brent Moon
Sorry Great-grandfather was Edgar Allen not Ethan lol. Had a brain freeze.

christina nicole moon
Hey guys my grandpa is a Robert Moon he moved to ohio from england through canada when he was 21. I believe he was in the british navy. I don't know his parents names though I often wonder who my ancestors are.

My last name is Moon. My family (grandparents) are from Iowa, but now live in Wisconsin along with me. I've been interested in my family's ancestry for a while now. If anyone knows Paul and Toni Moon they're my grandparents. Perhaps you could offer some insight. My grandmother's maiden name is Davis ... I'm not sure if that helps.

I'm Johnny R. Moon originally from Coffee Co. Georgia. Far as I know much of my family on that side are local and up around the Atlanta area. I've heard different versions of Finland and Scotland, as well as Denmark, England, and France so far. Considering the word itself, there's bound to be some confusion in origins.

arthur moon
I live in ny and have been curious about my last name I have a lot of family up here but no one talks or know much about the history of the name

Taylor M
I am engaged to a man with the last name Moon and he is from Seoul, South Korea. I am curious how names like Moon and Lee occur in both Europe and Asia. I am of English decent and there are people in my family with the last name Moon and Lee.

Madison Laughlin (Moon)
Hello my name is Madison Laughlin. My mothers side of the family is "Moon". My grandfathers name is James Moon, he has served in the army for 40 years and just recently retired. Our family lives in Antlers, Oklahoma. I'm trying to trace back to our ancestors so if you guys know of any information that would help please comment! Thank you! Bye.

Linda Moon Orlando
I am looking for information about the Moon family who lived in Columbia County, NY and later moved upstate to the Oswego/Onondaga area. Stephen Moon had several children buried in Columbia County and he and his wife Triphena may have moved upstate to Cayuga County first in the 1830's-40's. Any info would be appreciated.

chisum moon
Their are native Americans in Wyoming on the wind river reservation. Their are a lot of moons their its a big native last name. Maybe we're all related someway or another

Shirley (Moon) Taft
I am 74 and grew up believing my surname "Moon" was of Native American Decent? My Father was Archie Moon, originally from Cat Head,Pa (as it was called yrs ago) but I only knew it as Sabinsville,Pa ( in Northeastern,Pa), his 2 brothers were Lee & Roland Moon, and 3 sisters Grace, Lily & Edith Moon, I never knew or don't remember what my grandfathers name was on our Moon side, as my father was older then my mom when I was born and my grandfather was already deceased..

I am after information about a Jim Moon who would have lived in Reading Pennsylvania in 1966/67. His wife may have been Margaret and they had three children. If any Moon here knows anything at all please email me -

Brn july05 1959. I waS up for adoption .my The name was Kenneth Gregory Moon...any OnE Know e or have info

Saunders Moon

Saunders Moon born 1833/4-19?? unsure of his parents but according to the 1880 federal census both parents where born in Virginia only know of one sibling a sister named Charlott Moon unsure of her birth only thing I have linking them is a birth registry form Chatham VA. Charlott Moon ????-???? gives birth to a child named Wyatt Moon father is unknown Saunders Moon gives the information and is listed as relation to child as uncle that is all I have on Wyatt and his mother Charlott Moon. Saunders Moon and a another gentleman by the name of Andrew Lee buy land from a Louisa McGill in 1869 Virginia one mile north of Chatham VA adjoining the old race track land previously owned by Col. John L. White Saunders Moon buys Andrew and his wife Jane (Carter) Lee out of there portion in 1870 as the deed reads. Saunders Moon marries Ellen sometime around 1873 that is when the first child is born but there are other children before this I will describe in detail later, I assume Saunders was Single because none of the land deed records have Ellen listed as with all the other men whom he acquired land from had there wives listed as co-sellers not sure why this would be. Andrew Lee Marries Jane Carter. Andrew Lee is from Charlotte County VA not sure where Jane is from Louisa McGill have not been able to find much on her all I have is land records when she sells to my Grx2 Grandfather and Andrew Lee. Ellen has 3 possible identities thanks to the death records of her children and a free negro registry I found in Chatham VA so she could be a Tucker, Johnson or a Murrell this much I know she was born in Charlotte County VA in 1842 dies 1885 one of my records shows she was a slave to the Murrell family of Charlotte County VA. Ellen has a child in 1855 named Paul Tucker unknown father she was around 13 when she would have had him according to the math I did thanks to Pauls marriage 1st marriage license. Don't know where the Tucker came from though could be the masters name or one of a slave that was sold off or died not sure but I'm for sure he is in our family, as one land record of my Gr grandfathers reads for and in the consideration to my "fraternal brother". Paul Tucker marries Lizzie Dodd/Dogde in 1899 Paul dies in 1925. As I stated before I don't believe my GRx2 Grandparents got together until 1872-73ish seeing as how Marry Moon is 14 in the 1880 census and the first record of Saunders as a father that I have isn't recorded until 1874 when my Great Grand Aunt Louisa is born. Now they could have been born in another state but the Census says all born in Virginia but the cencus isn't always right! All events take place in and around Pittsylvania County VA 1834-1910 Saunders Moon and Ellen's Family in order of birth Paul Tucker is Ellen child alone with an unknown man 1855-1925 Spouse Lizzie Dodd/Dodge Mary Moon (Richmond) 1866-1907 not sure on father but the US Fedral Census says Saunders Moon. spouse Willis P. Richmond: birth NC William Moon 1870-1921 Spouse Katie Moon lived and died in Washington DC ounce again not sure but the 1880 Federal Cenusus says Saunders moon father now he could've adopted them not sure though. Louisa A. Moon (Johnson) 1874-1926 spouse William Johnson not sure when married lived in Pennsylvania PA where she died. My Gr Grandparents: Saunders B. Moon II/jr 1877-1929 spouse Martha V. Froe 1884-1945 all children born in Virginia but all move away between 1900-1910 and I'm not entirely sure when my Grx2 Grandfather dies any one who came help me with this mystery of the Lost moon clan Of Chatham VA it would be greatly appreciated!!!!!!!!!


Hello to all the other mooners out there! :)

Jessica Moon. ( Sheppard )

I am a Moon I live in Tx , I always thought that my last name was a Native American bc of what I was told threw my family , but I have my ancersty book and my grandpa moon has no birth certifacite so he is last of the moon side in my book. Lots of moon family in Tx .all I know Is my dad his sis and 3 brothers and there kids the rest is a mystery ? ???

Inga Moon

I saw someone on here is also the Moons from ELBERTON, GA !!!! There should be both Black and White Mooms attached to us as it was the plantation owner's surname. We hear they were Irish. Frederick Moon married Bethunia Booth before WWI. Last we have is that Frederick never returned to Elberton. Bethunia made her way to Philadelphia. Her son, my grandfather, was born in Philly and that's where my faction of the Moons settled! Pls contact us! Thanks!!

Ronald Moon
Where did his father come from

jennifer luster
I had a great grandmother in my dad's side who had the last name Moon. She passed away several years ago over 10 yrs ago. They are from Jefferson, TX

My granddad,,Benjamine Moon & Elizabeth Faye,,had dau/Malantha/she married Jeremiah D Styles,they had daug/Lydia she married Nelson W French,,they had daug/Hattie ,she married Leo Slade,,they had dau/Pearl she married my dad Maurice R Cobb...I cant find info of family of Benjamine,,,I need much help....

Does anyone think Moon has Cherokee Indian origin

Charlotte Moon
Hi all other Moons out there from East Sussex England :)

Joanne McCahan Latchford
Hi everyone. My grandmother's name was Laura Moon. Her family was from New Castle, Pa. Grandma passed away in 1975. I know she had a sister named Clarris (not sure of the spelling). Grandma's dad was a full blooded indian. I'm very interested in this family tree branch. I'm on facebook if you can help me :)

Heather Christie
My 2nd Great Grandmother's surname was Moon. I had a DNA test done and I have zero North American native. For as much research as I have done the name began as french. And my DNA shows that as my number one ancestry.

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