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MOSLEY Family History

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...

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