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About the Moules surname

The Moules surname is an ancient English name, originally a Viking name, which came with the Viking invasion of Normandy in the 940s. The Moules name has now been spread all over the world.

Variations

  • Maude
  • Maud
  • Mawd
  • Mold
  • Molds
  • Mowld
  • Mould
  • Moulds
  • Moules

The History of the Surname "MOULES"

Ancient History

The family name "Moules" is believed to be originally descended from the Normans. They were commonly believed to be of French origin, but were, more accurately, of Viking origin. The Vikings landed in Orkney and Northern Scotland around 870 A.D, under their chief Stirgud the Stout. Later, under their Jarl, Thorfinn Rollo, they invaded France around 940 A.D. The French king, Charles the Simple, after Rollo laid siege to Paris, finally conceded defeat and granted northern France to Rollo. Rollo became the first Duke of Normandy, and is an ancestor of William The Conqueror. The Moules' are descended from a soldier who fought alongside Rollo, who settled in Normandy, where the family remained until 1066.

The Moules' in The Norman Conquest

The Chronicles of England, shrouded by the mists of time, reveal the early records of the name Moules as a Norman surname, which ranks as one of the oldest. The history of the name is interwoven in the colourful fabric which is an intrinsic part of the history of Britain. Using ancient sources such as The Domesday Book, The Ragman Roles and Local Parish Church Records, researches have found that the surname 'Moules' emerged as a notable English family name in the county of Cheshire. The first settler in England was Eustace De Monte Alto, nicknamed "The Norman Hunter", who was granted his lands by The Earl of Cheshire. He founded the houses of the Viscounts of Harwarden, and The Barons of Montalt.