- Recorded in many forms including Mogg and Mugg, the diminutives Moggle, Muggall, Muggull, and Muggle, and the dialectals Mughal, Maghull and Maghall, and possibly others, this is an English surname. It derives however spelt, from the female given name Margaret, an ancient name meaning a pearl. From this name developed a whole army of short or nickname forms of which Mogota and Magot were highly popular, but even more so were Mogg, Mugg, and in Devonshire, Madge. These in turn over the centuries created their diminutive and patronymic surname forms to give examples such as Moggle, meaning "Little Mogg" and the similar Muggle, or Mogson and Moxson, son of Mogg. In addition given that spelling was at best erratic and local accents very thick, we had the development of "sounds like" spellings such as the apparent place names of Maghull and Maghal. Early examples of surname recording include Thomas Mogg, a landowner of Tickenham in 1282, whilst Robert Mugg married Ellin Corze at St Nicholas Acons in the city of London, on January 16th 1563. Other examples from the surviving registers of Greater London include Ales Muggle at St Mary Aldermary, on April 13th 1567, William Muggull at St Stephans, Coleman Street, on September 6th 1541, and John Maghull at St Martins in the Field, Westminster, on April 7th 1654. The first recorded spelling of the family name in any form may be that of Henry Mogge, This was dated 1195, in the Pipe Rolls of the city of Leicester, during the reign of King Richard Ist of England, 1189 - 1199. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
Surnames reference. 2013.