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interest in family name

bernard moger (View posts)
Posted: 7 Nov 2003 11:00PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: MOGER
are there any mogers out there from the yorkshire area? interested in family history.

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Lee Mosher (View posts)
Posted: 19 Apr 2004 3:57AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Moger Mosher
The some of the Moger family was in Cucklington and Wincanton, Somerset, about 1600, before members left for Nova Scotia and Rhode Island/Massachusetts, according to the "Mosher Book," a genealogy of seven generations after the name spelling of one branch was changed. A number of Moger families may be found searching records of British soldiers and sailors who served in the military services.

Do you know the origin of the Moger families in England? One of my English acquaintances states flatly that "Moger is French."

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Kathy Bennett (View posts)
Posted: 8 Feb 2006 10:54PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Moger
My maiden name was Moger and I was born in Sheffield. My ancestors came from various parts of Yorkshire for about 200 years and before that from Stourton in Somerset (or Wiltshire! they kept changing boundaries). The family story suggests that the name came from the Channel Islands but I haven't traced it back there yet

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Posted: 24 Oct 2009 7:22PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Moger, Mauger, Mosher
I have found the Moger name and Moger family members in the Channel Islands (Guernsey and Jersey) and in Maine et Loire, France. A surname website offers some commentary at
http://www.surnamedb.com/surname.aspx?name=Moger

The deep ancestry project of the National Geographic Society might eventually shed some light on the migrations and origins if a connection is established between Mauger, Moger, and Mosher.

I have also found in Minnesota a family Moger of Norwegian descent, which might further connect the Normans (Norsemen) of France and England with the Norsemen/Vikings of Scandinavia. Mauger in the 11th Century was apparently a Bishop of Rouen and an Uncle of William the Conqueror (Duke of Normandy). William the Conqueror was apparently related to Scandinavian rulers.

Further investigation may be useful.

Re: interest in family name

Posted: 24 Oct 2009 10:15PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Moger
Hi Bernard,

I'm a Moger from the Yorkshire area and I have nearly connected all the Moger families occurring in the area together now. These all stemmed from one family in Stourton in Wiltshire. I would be more than happy to share my research with you as I have copies of most of the original BMD certificates for my branch of my family.

I look forward to hearing from you,

Kathy

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Posted: 24 Oct 2009 10:25PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Lee,

Many years ago I read a book by an expert on names in the Channel Isles. The book stated that there was a long-standing tradition in the Channel Isles, that if a person moved from one island to another within the Channel Isles, that the vowel soud in the name would be changed. Therefore Mauger (pronounced "major") has the same derivation as Moger.

My own family oral history is that the name comes from the Channel Isles, so I suspect that my own family came from there at one time.

It is also apparently found quite frequently in Spain where it is regarded as a Spanish name and there is a famous artist with the name!

I'd love to chat to you more on this subject - it is really quite fascinating, the more you look into it,

Regards,

Kathy

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Posted: 26 Oct 2009 5:28AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Moger, Mosher
Thanks for the information. Perhaps you could get some of your male Moger relatives to participate in the National Geographic Society Deep Ancestry project. I have found some very distant Mosher relatives in the US through the project's optional registry, but have made no connection with any Mosher/Moger family members in France or the UK. The spelling of family names was fairly haphazard before the 17th Century apparently. Supposedly the spelling changed from Moger to Mosher in North America at that time. How you you pronounce "Moger"? The French pronounce is Moh-Zhay with the accent on the second syllable and we pronounce Mosher "Moh-Zhure" with a slight accent on the first syllable. The Norwegian family Moger in Minnesota pronounces it with a hard "g" as in "Moh-gurr."
Not exactly pure phonetics.

You may contact me directly at lwmosher @ hotm**l.com.

Re: interest in family name

Posted: 15 Oct 2011 2:18PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi,

I'm looking into a Mosher link in my family tree. I was curious as the English link spelling was Moger so how did it become Mosher? The obvious answer I can give is that in French, Moger is pronounced similarly to Mosher (not quite), so, hence the spelling change. It was Anglicized in the New World. Sounds like the English friend in the post was up on French names.

Re: interest in family name

Posted: 15 Oct 2011 8:20PM GMT
Classification: Query
I'm not sure where you are geographically located, but from the National Geographic Deep Ancestry Project I have found distant male "Mosher" relatives with Spanish surnames and also in the Azores. One guess on the change is spelling of the name was because the emigrants from England to North America in the 1600s did not want to be identified as "French" due to the animosity between the English and the French at the time. I would urge any male Moger family members in England and France to participate in the Deep Ancestry Project and sign up on their e-mail list.
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