First Generation


1. Richard MOWLL was born (date unknown).

Richard MOWLL and Mary were married.1


The Origins of the Mowll/ Mowle Name

Authentic reproduction of the Ancestral Coat-of-Arms of the family of MOWLL, anciently seated in the County of Worcestershire, England. Ancient medieval records list the meaning of the name as a baptismal origin, indicating "the son of Matilda". Name Matilda traces back to the wife of Henry I, 3rd son of Duke William the Conqueror in 1066.
Prof. Freeman of England says "In the mouths of Englishmen pronouncing French names, it (Matilda) became Mahtild, Mahault, Molde, Moul and Mowll, and so forth", Ref: Norman Conquest, ii. 291). The name is also found to be recorded as Moulson, Mowl, Mould, Moulder and Moulson.
The Deeds record office in London also list the following members of this family registered as land-owners, etc.: In 1615, Thomas Moul, County Worcestershire, also registered as attending the University of Oxford, page 338. In 1646, buried - Joane, wife of Richard Moul, at St. Peter (Connhill, Church records, page 202). In 1379, Ricardus Mold, in 1379, Roger Mold; in 1566-7 the marriage of Robert Mowld and Alice James; in 1568 William Molde and Susanna Tolnam.
Military patriotic records also list the number of seven Mowlls as having fought in the 1766.
The genealogical historical information and the blazoning of the arms may be found in the following volumes titled: "Encyclopedia of Heraldry and General Armory of England, Scotland and Ireland by John Burke, Esq., 3rd Edition, London, England 1847; Fairbairns Crests of
the Landed Gentry of Great Britain, 1905; DAR Patriot Index, Washington, D. C. 1966; and A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames, With Special American Instances, by Charles Wareing Bardsley, M.A., Worcester College, Oxford, London, England, pages 543/544/545, 1967."
Heraldic description of the arms as shown in the above references: ARMS - Argent, two bars sable, in chief three torteaux. CREST - A dexter arm erect proper holding (?).

The above was copied by hand by Gladys Mowll Alexander from the description on the back of the picture of the MOWLL Coat-of-Arms which hangs in the home of Robert and Natalie Mowll. Hopefully there were no mistakes made in copying.

Some of the most common variant spellings are: MOULD, MOLD, MOLE Some other known variant spellings are: MOLLD, MAULE, MOWLE, MOWLD, MOLLE, MOLLIE, MAUDE, MOLDER, MOELES, MAWD, MAUD, MOULDING, MOULDNER, MOLO, MOLLI, MOL, MOULE, MOULDE, MOLL, MAL, MALE, MENL, MOLLIEN, MOOLLE, MAWLE. Further, a "S" on any of the aforementioned is also quite common... In Old English "Molle" is synonymous, akin with "Mold" Old Norse "mygla" from Latin "molere", to grind (grain), and its derivative "mola" The name Mohaut arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Mohaut family lived in Cheshire. Before migrating to Normandy and then England, this family was originally the lords of Monte Alto, in Italy. Their name is thought to be a version of this place-name which underwent significant corruption through translation through several languages before being Anglicized. Spelling variations include: Maude, Maud, Mawd, Mold, Mould, Moulds, Molds and others.First found in Cheshire where the family of Maude, originally the Lords of Monte Alto, in Italy, settled in the Lordships and manors of Montalt and Hawarden in the county of Flint. What does the Mould name mean? Last Name: Mould English: from the Middle English female personal name Mau(l)d, a reduced form of the Norman name Mathilde, Matilda, composed of the Germanic elements maht ‘might’, ‘strength’ + hild ‘strife’, ‘battle’. The learned form Matilda was much less common in the Middle Ages than the vernacular forms Mahalt, Maud and the reduced pet form Till. The name was borne by the daughter of Henry I of England, who disputed the throne of England with her cousin Stephen for a number of years (1137–48). In Germany the popularity of the name in the Middle Ages was augmented by its being borne by a 10th-century saint, wife of Henry the Fowler and mother of Otto the Great. The following known variants are most prevalent in Scotland. MOWATT MOUAT MOWAT MOUATT Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4 First Name: A Dictionary of First Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0192800507

The research by Oxford Ancestors indicates that the genetic heritage of the paternal line is most likely Anglo-Saxon, but the name is likely Norman, suggesting that the ancestors took Norman names but were of Anglo-Saxon genetic stock, given the propensity of the current name, Mowll, to appear most frequently in the Southeast of England. This is at odds with the comments above, citing an origin in Italy, and settling in Cheshire.However, the Norman name derivations are consistent with work done on the Mowll.org website.


Mary1 was born (date unknown).

Richard MOWLL and Mary had the following children:

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i.

William MOWLL.