Moss Family History
Moss Name Meaning
English: topographic name from Middle English mos ‘moss bog’ (Old English mos) for someone who lived at a boggy place or a habitational name from one or other of the many places so called such as Moss (Yorkshire) Mose in Quatford (Shropshire) and Moze (Essex). English: variant of Moyse . Irish (Ulster): adoption of the English name 1 by translation for Ó Maolmóna or Ó Maolmhóna ‘descendant of Maolmóna’ a personal name based on maol ‘servant tonsured one i.e. devotee’ + a second element assumed to be móin (genitive móna) ‘moorland peat bog’ in local English ‘moss’. German: unexplained. Americanized form of Moses or some other similar (like-sounding) Jewish surname.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022