Moon Surname Genealogy

The Moon surname in England seems to have been a
corruption of the place-name Mohun near St. Lo in Normandy. William de Mohun came over with William the
Conqueror in 1066 and was granted large estates in Somerset.  It has also been argued that the name,
although brought over by the Normans, had
Danish origins
.  Mohun
became Moone and then Moon.
Moon from mun is a common Korean name.  The best-known Moon has been Sun Myung Moon,
founder of the Unification Church.  His
followers are often called Moonies.

Moon Resources on

Moon Ancestry

The Norman de Mohun family was initially
established at Dunster in Somerset.
 They remained there until the last of
line died in 1376.  By that time the name
had spread elsewhere in SW England.  The
spellings were up to Elizabethan times, and in some cases beyond, Mohun

There was an early Moone or Moon
line at Ash in Devon.  Thomas
, Sir Francis Drake’s best captain, was born in Bristol
in 1520.

line – that of Fleet House in Dorset – began at Ottery St. Mary in
Devon in
1516 (and possibly there earlier) and prospered later in the 1500’s
Richard Moone and his son Robert.

Richard Moone died around the year 1548, it was said that his younger
Robert suppressed evidence of a will while his elder son was abroad.  Whether a valid will existed or not, the two
brothers fell out over the inheritance and their respective families
sides in the ensuing litigation which continued for several

Inside the chancel of the old church at Fleet
is a brass plaque commemorating the lives of Robert and Margaret Mohun.  Behind Robert are nine sons, behind Margaret
eight daughters

Moone burial records began at Liskeard in Cornwall in
1605.  The will of George Moone, brother of
Theophilus, was recorded there in 1696.  John
Moone or Moon married Elizabeth Rundle in 1700; while a later
Theophilus Moon
married Honour Hawkey in 1754.

There may have been Moon history in SW England.
But there have been more Moon numbers
elsewhere, primarily in Lancashire and SE England.

Lancashire. The Moon
name in Lancashire has been concentrated around Preston and nearby
places such
as Eccleston and Chorley, although there were some departures from
there to

  • a Moon family had made their home in this area
    at Woodplumpton in the 1570’s.  A century
    or so later John Moon was persecuted for his Quaker faith and left for
    Pennsylvania in the 1680’s.
  • then Henry
    Moon of Eccleston – who could trace his ancestry there back eleven
    generations to Robert Moon who was born in 1610 – converted to
    Mormonism in 1837.  Three years later he
    departed for Nauvoo with thirteen of his family and relatives.  Henry’s home – the Horse Stone estate which
    had been in his family for generations – was sold

There were still 59 Moons recorded in the village of
Eccleston in the 1881 census.

SE England
Moon was also a name of the Kent and Sussex Weald.

The earliest reference appears to have been a John Peter Moon who was
born in Rotherfield, Sussex in the
1540’s. There were Moons in Rotherfield
and nearby Westfield
in the 18th and 19th centuries.  A Moon
in Rye, Sussex in the mid-1700’s were the forebears of William and
Henry Moon who
emigrated to Australia in 1838 and 1839 respectively.

Moons were to be found in Folkestone, Kent in the
early 1800’s.  William Moon who created
type, the first widely used practical reading alphabet for the blind,
was born in
Horsmonden, Kent in 1818.  Keith Moon, the drummer with The
Who, had Kentish forebears.

Ireland.  Moon in Ireland
could be an anglicized form of the Gaelic O’Mochain found in Connacht and
Ulster. However, this usually became Mohan.  Donovan Hurst did
compile a pamphlet, Moon Surname –
of Moons who lived in Ireland between the 1600’s and

AmericaThere were Moon arrivals into Virginia and
Pennsylvania.  Moons migrated to Georgia
as early as 1770. 

Virginia.  Moons appeared at an early
time at the
Jamestown colony.  It is thought that
Nicholas and Churchill Moon were in Jamestown possibly by 1607.  However, they did not stay.

Captain John Moon from Alverstone in
Hampshire, who had been plying ships between England and Virginia
between 1606
and 1619, settled in Virginia in 1623.
He married twice, but left no sons on his death in 1655.  His family line continued through his brother
Abraham who had come to Virginia in 1638.
Many think that these Moons were grandsons of Drake’s Captain

There was another Virginia Moon family, probably related,
that began with
Stephen Moon who was born in New Kent county around the year 1660.  This line extended in the early 1800’s to
Edward Moon, a wealthy merchant who owned the 1,500 acre Viewmont
tobacco plantation near Scottsville.  Edward
had four remarkable daughters for his
time – Orie who became a doctor, Sallie a teacher, and Lottie and
famous Baptist missionaries in China

James Moon was a Quaker
from Bristol who came with his wife Joan and six children to
Fallsington, Bucks
county in 1682.  One of his sons Jasper moved onto Virginia and
North Carolina.  Another son Roger lived in
the same place for nigh on seventy years, dying at the ancestral home
1759.  And Roger’s descendants were still
there a century or so later.  It was said
that Roger
had never fired a gun or quarrelled with any man in his life.

A later Moon line began with Henry Moon, an apparent deserter
to the American cause during the Revolutionary War.  After the war
he ran an inn at McCandless township in Allegheny county.

.  Moons from Virginia descended
on Georgia in
the late 1700’s.

John Moon,
a descendant of Jasper Moon in Virginia, migrated to Columbia county in
around the year 1770 and became part of the Quaker community in that
county.  His
son Thomas was a prosperous farmer with a large plantation there who
died in
1855 at the good age of ninety six.  Of
his progeny:

  • Lewis Moon served two terms in the lower house of the
    Assembly of Georgia and one term in the Georgia Senate.
  • Jesse Moon moved to
    Randolph county in Alabama in the late 1840’s where he had bought
    himself a
  • whilst the youngest son Joseph
    remained in Georgia.  He
    the third time at the age of seventy five and died in 1893 at the age
    of ninety

The family history was
recounted in William
Moon’s 1920 book History of the Moon

Meanwhile Jacob Moon – from New Kent county and
a descendant of Abraham Moon – was rewarded for furnishing supplies and
services during the Revolutionary War with land in Georgia.  He and his family moved to Greene county,
Georgia in 1786.  His sons William and
Pleasant settled in Elbert county.

Elsewhere.  Robert Moon came to New
England and was
recorded as a tailor working in Boston in 1644.
He moved to Rhode Island in 1651 where his descendants lived for
generations.  One branch later settled in
Vermont and then in upstate New York.
Judge Walter Moon, born there, was one of the early settlers of
Nebraska in 1873

Canada.  Two brothers
and Henry Moon left Cornwall for Simcoe county, Ontario in 1832 at
around the
same time as two of their cousins departed for Australia.

Australia and New Zealand.  Philip Moon,
also from Cornwall, was an earlier settler in New Zealand, arriving
there with
his family on the Blenheim in 1842.   He
lived and died as a stonemason in New

Australian Moon immigrants included:

  • William
    Moon and his family from Kent who
    came to Sydney on
    1838.  They were assisted emigrants who
    managed to survive the crowded and unhygienic conditions on-board the
    vessel during
    the voyage.  On their arrival they moved
    south to farm, eventually settling in
  • and
    James Moon and his family from Hampshire, also assisted emigrants,
    who came to Sydney on the Bussorah
    in 1853.

Moon Miscellany

If you would like to read more, click on the miscellany page for
further stories and accounts:

Moon Names

William de Mohun who came over with William
the Conqueror is considered to be the progenitor of many of the Moons

Thomas Moon
was one of Sir Francis Drake’s most trusted sea

the English creator in the 1840’s of Moon type, the first widely used
reading alphabet for the blind.
Lottie Moon
 was a pioneer American
Baptist missionary in China, from 1873 to 1912.
Rev. Sun Myung Moon
Korean founder of the Unification Church that has spread globally.

Keith Moon was a distinctive and wild drummer who played for
the English rock band the Who in the 1970’s

Moons Today

  • 10,000 in the UK (most numerous
    in Kent)
  • 15,000 in America (most numerous in Georgia)
  • 7,000 elsewhere (most numerous in Australia)



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