Mule Family History
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Mule Name Meaning
English: from a medieval personal name, perhaps Old English Mul (from Old English mul ‘mule’, ‘halfbreed’). This was the name of a brother of Ceadwalla, King of Wessex (died 675), and is also found as a place name element. However, it may not have survived to the Conquest, and Domesday Book Mule, Mulo may instead represent Old Norse Muli, which is probably from Old Norse muli ‘muzzle’, ‘snout’. English: nickname for a stubborn person or metonymic occupational name for a driver of pack animals, from Middle English mule ‘mule’ (Old English mul, reinforced by Old French mule, both from Latin mula ‘she-mule’). English: from the medieval female personal name Mulle, variant of Molle, a pet form of Mary (see Marie). French: nickname from mule ‘mule’ (see 2). Dutch: nickname for a gossip or someone with a large mouth, from Middle Dutch mule ‘mouth’, ‘snout’. Dutch: metonymic occupational name for a maker of slippers, from Middle Dutch mule ‘slipper’. Italian (also Mulé): from the medieval nickname Mulé, Molé, from Arabic mawla ‘gentleman’, ‘lord’, ‘master’, m(a)uley ‘my lord’. Sicilian and southern Italian: status name, from Arabic mawla ‘master’, ‘owner’.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press