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Moggach One-Name Study

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Date: 20 Nov 2019
Surnames/tags: Moggach Mouggach Muggoch
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About the project

The Moggach Name Study project serves as a collaborative platform to collect information on the Moggach surname.

The majority of people born with the surname Moggach originate from Scotland, but the surname is occasionally found in England, Wales, and as a result of emigration, in North America, Australia and New Zealand.

The study is in its early stages, but you can see a list of people who are currently included in the Moggach Name Study.

The project encourages other researchers to join the study and help make it a valuable reference point for other genealogists who are researching, or have an interest in, the Moggach surname.

As a One-Name Study, this project is not limited to persons who are related biologically. Individual team studies could be used to branch out and research specific methods and areas of interest, such as:

  • Geography (eg. people named Moggach born or living in Scotland);
  • Time period (eg. people named Moggach living during the 18th Century), or
  • Topic (eg. DNA studies for people with the surname Moggach).

One-name studies may also include a number of family branches which have no immediate link with each other. Some researchers may even be motivated to go beyond the profile identification and research stage to compile fully sourced single-family histories of some of the families they discover through this name study project.

See also the related surnames and surname variants.

Estimated study size

Having searched various on-line databases, the study coordinator's preliminary estimate was that there were 549 records for people born with the surname Moggach, or its variants.

This figure is likely to be an underestimate of all the people born with the surname, as no records for births in the USA, Australia or New Zealand appeared in the searches undertaken. Even in Scotland, people who are recorded on other vital and census records may not have a corresponding birth record, if they were born before the introduction of civil registration of births in 1855. The estimated figure excludes people named Moggach by marriage, adoption, etc.

The majority (88%) of births recorded under the name Moggach found in the preliminary research were in Scotland. The earliest birth record found is for John Moggach, baptised in the parish of Aberlour in 1730.

For various reasons, estimating the number of births from census or death records would be difficult and prone to double-counting. An initial review of other datasets suggests that there are relatively few Moggachs born outside the UK. While a One Name Study is worldwide, these people, once identified, are unlikely to make a dramatic change to the overall size of the study.

How to Join

To join the Moggach Name Study, please add your name to the membership list below, post an introduction comment on the specific team/research page, and then begin.

If a team or research page does not yet exist for your particular area of interest, please contact the Name Study Coordinator, David Dobie, for assistance.

Even if you do not wish to join the study, please consider adding the Moggach One Name Study tag to WikiTree profiles of people who are born with, or inherit, the Moggach surname, or its variants.

WikiTree users can automatically add a profile to this study, by placing this tag: {{One Name Study|name=Moggach}} diectly below the == Biography == heading in the profile.

Research Pages

There are currently no additional research pages associated with this name study.


This study is registered with the Guild of One-Name Studies (member #8221).

At present, David Dobie is the only person conducting the study and he also acts as the Name Study Coordinator. David is a descendant of George Mouggach or Moggach (abt.1770-bef.1841), who was recorded in the parish of Botriphnie in Banffshire, Scotland, in the 1790s. David's last ancestor with that surname was his maternal grandmother, Mary McCombie Moggach (1902-1998). David's hypothesis is that he is likely to be related by blood — or at least marriage or familial relationship — to most other people who inherited the Moggach surname, even if the record trail to common ancestors cannot be found, or shared DNA can no longer be detected.

Please contact David, or leave a message on this page, if you would like more information about the study.

Related Surnames and Surname Variants

The following surnames are included in this study:

  • Moggach
  • Mouggach
  • Muggach
  • Muggoch

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