Last name: Mosley

Recorded as Moseley, Mosely, Mosley, Mousley and Mowsly, this is an ancient English surname. It is locational from any one of several places called Mosley, Moseley, or Mowsley, in the counties of Lancashire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire and Leicestershire. The place names are all found in the famous Domesday Book of 1086 commissioned by William the Conqueror, and the translation would seem to be either "Mul's island" from the Olde English pre 7th century personal name Mul, with -eg, meaning an island or possibly "Mus-leah" meaning "mouse wood". LOcational surnames were often given to either the local lord of the manor and his descendants or to former inhabitants who had left the village, and who took or were given as their surname the name of their former home. Early examples of the name recording include those of Ernold de Moseley, lord of the manor of Moseley in Lancashire, and given in the heraldic rolls as living in the time of King John (1199 -1216). A later descendant was Sir Nicholas Mosley, of Houghend, also in Lancashire, and the Lord Mayor of London in 1422. A later Sir Nicholas Mosley, but of the Derbyshire branch from Burneston Hall, was also Lord Mayor of London in 1599, during the last years of the reign of Elizabeth 1st. An interesting recording is that of Joseph Moseley, an early emigrant to America. He embarked from London on the ship Bonaventure, in January 1634, bound for Virginia colony. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Suen de Moseleia. This was dated 1195, in the Pipe Rolls of Worcestershire, during the reign of King Richard 1st, known as "The Lionheart", 1189 - 1199. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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ashley paramore-mosley
hiya anymore mosleys on here drop a comment im looking for family i have family in america and united kingdom aswell.

John Mosley
Now living in Suffolk but originally from Derbyshire.

Tammy Mosley-Clark

Mosley's from Kentucky

Triston Mosley

Versailles Kentcuky

Denise Mosley
Illinois and Nevada, USA

Judith Anne [Pye} Harris
I was adopted in Cambridge,Engand, My Biological fathers last name was Mosley who was an American of Native American Decent, stationed at RAF Alcombury, Huntingdonshire, England. in late 1950s, early 1960s, My adoptive father was a Master sergent Ralph Adebert Pye Jr, from Maine, USA stationed at the same location in Englandgdtried for many years to locate information of Mosley family/roots, anyone with any info?, Was told he could have had Mexican background, as well. Biological mothers name was Phyllis Lillian Mayes from Huntingdonshire, England, Married a William Norris from Greenville, South Carolina, Then, a William Calvin Clement from Washington State, USA

Judith Anne Pye Harris
Also had two different USA States that Arnold? Mosley was from told to me, Texas, Virginia????

anyone knows something about lord Mosley who lived around 1600 in Croatia?

Ronald Lee Ennis
My maternal grandfather was Suel Mosley. He was some American decent his wife was of American native decent. I wish I knew more. He was from south Georgia as were many of his relatives. I know that I have relatives in Savannah Georgia and all around that area. Some don't have very reputable backgrounds.

Tiffany Mosley Houston Texas
I am trying to find family I am from Texas and my family is scattered my grandmother name is Ruby Mosley from Crockett Texas she had a sister that left the family and move to LA her name is Lois Mosley
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