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

The Myerscuff surname is thought to derived from the place name Myerscough in Wyre on The Fylde, Lancashire.

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Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Myerscuff include Myerscough, Myerscow, Myerscuff, Myersco, Mirescough, Meirscough and many more.

First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1246 when William de Mirscho held the estates.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Myerscuff research. Another 171 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1455, and 1487 are included under the topic Early Myerscuff History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Myerscuff Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Myerscuff or a variant listed above: Simon and Thomas Myerscough, who were on record in the census of Ontario, Canada of 1871.

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The Myerscuff Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Myerscuff 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.

This page was last modified on 25 May 2011 at 16:30.

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