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Moes Genealogy and Moes Family History Information

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  • Harmen Jans Mooskoocker (c.1670 - 1742)
    Harm's date of birth is an educated guess based on the birth dates of his children and siblings. Harm's birth place is unknown, if he was a local the records for the province this far back are lost, ...
  • Hendrik Harms Moes (1689 - 1764)
    Hendrik (Hindrick) lived in a time when surnames were not a compulsory aspect of Dutch life. For his birth and the birth of all his children he is recorded only as Hindrick Harms (which is short for Ha...
  • Jacob Jans Moes (c.1679 - 1710)
    Jacob Jans Moeskoker (? – Smilde, between 1710 and 1742) Parents Jan Harms Mooskoocker (c.1637 - c.1699), mother unknown. Married 1st Aefien IJsbrands. Children Grietijen Jacobs Moesko...
  • Jan Harms Mooskoocker (c.1637 - 1694)
    Jan's date of birth is an educated guess based on the birth dates of his children. Jan's birth place is unknown, the records for the province this far back are lost, he may have been a local or perha...
  • Jan Hendriks Moes (1720 - d.)

About the Moes surname


In the case of my own extended family i have so far been able to trace the Moes family back to the northern Netherlands province of Drenthe in the mid 1600s, Moes (in our case) is actually an shortening of Moeskoker from Moeskoecker/Mooskoocker.

I have identified other Moes families in Drenthe during the 1700s and continue researching to determine their origins. Two large Moes families in Drenthe are the Moes[pot] family (originally from Germany) centered around Hoogeveen and the Maat/Moet/Moes family of Meppel (originally from a small farm called De Maat).

I have also identified Moes families in Amsterdam, Friesland, Germany and Denmark.


Limburg variant of Maas.(de Moes): Or nickname, or metonymic occupational name for a cook, from Middle Dutch "moes"= ‘food’, ‘porridge’, ‘stewed vegetables’. (van Moes): possibly a habitational name from Moerzeke in East Flanders, or a topographic name for someone who lived by the Maas river. Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4

Smilde, Drenthe, Nederlands

The genealogy site of Smilde ( has seven seperate Moes family trees but has not been updated for several years, I have connected all seven trees here on Geni via their shared ancestors. Moes-6 is the family tree to which I (Alex Moes) belong although my immediate family, having long ago left Smilde, do not appear on that site.