Updated June 9, 2019

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Family name origins & meanings

  • Spanish : habitational name from Mula, a city in the Murcia province.
  • Possibly also Catalan (Mulà) : topographic name from a variant of molar ‘millstone’, or habitational name from any of several places named with this word.
  • Southern Italian (Mulà) and Greek (Moulas) : occupational name for a muleteer, from medieval Greek moula ‘mule’ + the occupational suffix -as.
  • Greek (Moulas) : status name from Turkish molla ‘chief judge’, ‘learned man’, ‘one who has studied (Islamic) theology’ (from Persian mullah).