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Where did the English Muse family come from? What is the English Muse family crest and coat of arms? When did the Muse family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Muse family history?

The roots of the Anglo-Saxon name Muse come from when the family resided in the settlement of Meaux in the East Riding of Yorkshire. There is some disagreement about the relationship of this small hamlet and the commune in the Seine-et-Marne department in the Īle-de-France region of France by the same name. While the spellings are the same, some believe this is just coincidence. Whatever the reason, the surname Muse belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Alternatively the name could have been derived from the Old English word Meaw which meant "a gull" or a "sea-mew." To complicate matters more, Meaw was also an Old English personal name and mue, derived from an Old French word was a cage for hawks that was used while they were mewing or moulting. Accordingly, the name could have been derived from a variety of sources.

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Muse has been recorded under many different variations, including Mew, Mews, Mewes, Meux, Mewis, Muse, Mewsse, Mowse, Meaux and many more.

First found in Yorkshire where it is generally believed that the first record of the name was Algarus filius Meawes who was listed in 1016 as an Old English byname. Over one hundred years later, John de Mehus was listed in the Feet of Fines in 1196. A few years later, Hugo de Mues was listed in the Pipe Rolls of 1201. Thomas de Meuse was listed in the Feet of Fines in 1282.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Muse research. Another 353 words(25 lines of text) covering the years 1641, 1829, 1831, 1619, 1706, 1672, 1657, 1640, 1644, 1641 and 1657 are included under the topic Early Muse History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 97 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Muse Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Muse or a variant listed above:

Muse Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Johan Jacob Muse, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Samuel Muse, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765

Muse Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • George Muse, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856
  • Elizabeth Muse, aged 23, who landed in America, in 1893
  • Eva S. Muse, aged 40, who emigrated to America, in 1894

Muse Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Joseph Muse, aged 48, who settled in America from Liverpool, in 1903
  • Blanche Muse, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • John W. Muse, aged 33, who emigrated to the United States from New Castle on Tyne, England, in 1908
  • Annie G. Muse, aged 44, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Martha Muse, aged 3, who emigrated to the United States from Andreasberg, Germany, in 1913


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  • William Van Muse (b. 1939), President of the University of Akron from 1984 to 1992
  • Kenneth Lee Muse (1910-1987), American animator best known for his work on the Tom and Jerry series at MGM
  • Clarence Muse (1889-1979), American actor, screenwriter, director, composer, and lawyer
  • John Muse (b. 1988), American ice hockey goaltender


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The Muse Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Muse Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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