Last name: Moss

This long-established surname, widespread both in England and Ireland, has two distinct possible sources as an English surname, and a further interpretation when found in the latter country. From an early date, Moss has been used in Ireland as a partial translation of the Old Gaelic "O'Maolmona", descendant of the devotee of Maolmona, from "O", grandson, male descendant of, with "maol", literally meaning "tonsured one", ut used here in the transferred sense of "devotee, follower", and the saint's name "Mona", from "Munnu". St. Munnu (died 635) served for a time on the Scottish island of Iona and then founded a monastery at Taghmon, County Wexford. The substitution of "Moss" for "(Maol)mona" is based on the erroneous translation of "mona" as "moorland, turf bog". The name is more correctly Anglicized as "Mulmona" and "Malmona" in Counties Fermanagh and Donegal. The christening was recorded in Ireland of Elizabeth, daughter of Michael and Joane Moss, at Holy Trinity (Christ Church), Cork, on September 14th 1661. Eleven bearers of the name appear on a "List of Irish Famine Immigrants arriving at the Port of New York (1846 - 1851)": among them Francis Moss, aged 21 yrs., who embarked from Liverpool on the ship "Cambridge" on May 8th 1846. The English surname is primarily topographical in origin from residence by a swamp or peat bog, deriving from the Olde English pre 7th Century "mos", bog, morass, but it may occasionally derive from "Moss(e)", the normal medieval form of the Hebrew given name "Moses". The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Almer Mosse, which was dated circa 1153, in the "Pipe Rolls of Norfolk", during the reign of King Stephen, known as "Count of Blois", 1135 - 1154. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Brad Moss
Us Mosses gotta stick together! Haha. From Ketucky. Live in Tennessee.

Jake Moss
From Lancashire, England and no idea where my family originates from

My mums dad was a Richard Moss , on Ancestry recently I' found his family tree going back to 1749.

hilary wright " nee" moss
Fathers family from Prestwich in Manchester, don't know if any relatives still live there!

Chris Moss
I'm Chris Moss. My family is from Arkansas and Michigan. I am from Ohio and live in KY.

Walter Moss
Traced family to Edward Moss, who came to York Co. Virginia in 1636 from Lancaster, Lancashire, England. My descendants then moved to Georgia, Louisiana and then Texas.

Steve Moss
I'm Steve Moss (Arizona). My grandfather (Virgil Moss) was from Missouri. His great-great-grandfather (William Moss) was born in Virginia but died in Indiana.

Patricia arias
My great grandmother's name was Myra moss. Don't know much abt her

Ciara Moss

Ciara Moss, from Donegal, Ireland. Please contact me if you are also a Moss from Ireland. Twitter: @TheIrishFarmer Email:

Bill Moss

Grandfather arrived in U.S. from Manchester, England circa 1883. Relatives in Manchester were a Nellie Moss; her son is/was Norman Moss now of Surrey. I currently reside in South Carolina - if anyone is part of the Moss family in Manchester we may very well be related. write:

jaden moss

dont know my were my family from probably a different moss, my families african american

Kendall moss

I have a lot of relatives I don't who they are maybe they are out there

Abigail moss

So I might be related to everyone that's has commented 😂😂👌

My family that are Moss arrived from Norway, tha are basicly meling moss

John Moss. Half red, AL Nord
You make your own destiny. Free... Or gilded golden anchor!!! Believe me. Anonymity... Only way to have fun.

Tom Moss
My grand Father Tom Moss was born in Preston, England in 1900. My Father Wilfred was born in Lawrence, Mass in 1924, I was born in New Bedford, MA in 1946...

Linda Jones nee Moss
I was born a Moss and very proud of it too. I know there are a lot of Moss's in Lancashire, but my lot were all farmers in Worcestershire - on early records they were Morse or Moores (18th century) - I therefore think the topographical origin is most likely. Any ideas?

Bethany ( Moss) White
Moss is my maiden name. I'd really like to find out exactly where my Irish ancestors came from. What I do know is that my original ancestor from Ireland arrived before the American Revolution. Family members fought in that War. There were quite a few men with the name James. My father's investigation showed that my family came from the Northern Part of Ireland. My father's family lived in Wheeling West Virginia for generations, then moved to NY in the late 1960's I believe. If anyone may be related, or know of info, please e-mail:

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