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2,397 study surnames with us
and a further 6,089 variant names.

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About the study

Molen is a very rare surname indeed and should not be confused with the more common surname of Van der Molen. Although research into the Molen name has been in progress for more than thirty years, it's only recently that it has been officially registered as a one-name study.

Variant names

Known variants of the surname include Molan, Molin, Mollan, Mollen, Molon and Mowlen.

Name origin

The surname Molen is of English origin, whereas the surname Van der Molen is of Dutch origin and is connected with the Dutch word for 'windmill.' (Please note that all questions related to the surname 'Van der Molen' should be directed to: and NOT to the Molen Archive)


New research data is currently being processed and will be added to that already available in the Molen Archive as soon as possible.


A DNA project was started in late 2009. Information about this can be obtained by clicking the DNA project link near the top of the Molen Archive website's front page.