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The name Muth was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Muth family lived in Methley, Yorkshire. Methley is situated midway between Leeds and Pontefract and the town dates back to Anglo-Saxon times.The village of Methley contains a fine church dating from the 14th century with family tombs and medieval carvings which inspired the sculptures of Henry Moore.

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The surname Muth was first found in Yorkshire from very ancient times. At the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086 the village of Methley, midway between Leeds and Pontefract, was held by Ilbert de Lacy, a Norman noble who accompanied King William in his conquest of England at Hastings in 1066. The village of Methley contains a fine church dating from the 14th century with family tombs and medieval carvings which inspired the sculptures of Henry Moore.

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Methley, Methly, Mettley, Meythly, Methelay, Methlay and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Muth research. Another 217 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1379 and 1614 are included under the topic Early Muth History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World 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 stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Muth or a variant listed above:

Muth Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Johan Peter Muth, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Johann Heinrich Muth, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752
  • Johan Georg Muth, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1764
  • Peter Muth, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765
  • Philip Muth, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765


Muth Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Joh Muth, who landed in America in 1807
  • August Muth, aged 24, arrived in Missouri in 1840
  • Chr M Muth, who landed in Texas in 1846
  • Friedrich Muth, aged 27, landed in New York, NY in 1848
  • Phil Christian Muth, who arrived in America in 1849


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  • Peter Joseph De Muth (1892-1993), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania (1937-1939)
  • Chuck Muth (b. 1959), American President of Citizen Outreach, former executive director of the American Conservative Union
  • Richard Ferris Muth (b. 1927), American economist
  • Jon J. Muth (b. 1960), American comic book artist and children's book illustrator
  • Ellen Anna Muth (b. 1981), American actress, best known for her role as George Lass in Dead Like Me
  • John Fraser Muth (1930-2005), American economist, known as "the father of the rational expectations revolution in economics"
  • Julius Muth, American politician, U.S. Consul in Magdeburg, 1897
  • Carl Borromäus Johann Baptist Muth (1867-1944), German writer, founder of the religious and cultural magazine Hochland
  • Sergiu Muth (b. 1990), Romanian footballer


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