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From the historical and enchanting region of Austria emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Meuser family. Originally, the Austrian people were known only by a single name. The process by which hereditary surnames were adopted in Austria is extremely interesting. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Often they adopted names that were derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The name Meuser is a nickname type of surname derived from the German word maus, which means mouse, and was given to a person thought to bear some resemblance to the timid animal.

Meuser Early Origins



The surname Meuser was first found in Austria, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. The name's literal meaning is "mouse catcher," or in some variations "small mouse," and stemms from the Latin form "Musculus." Chronicles first mention Ulrich Mueselin of Bamberg in 1147, Chunrich Meusel of Tirol in 1381, and L. Meisl, also of Tirol, in 1573. Gosswin Meuser is mentioned in 1268. The various branches declared allegiance to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were enlisted by many leaders in their search for power.

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Meuser Spelling Variations


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Meuser Spelling Variations



Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Meuser include Maeusel, Meusel, Meussel, Meuser, Mauser, Mauserer, Maueser and many more.

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Meuser Early History


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Meuser Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meuser research. Another 313 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1514, 1770, 1775, 1807, and 1853 are included under the topic Early Meuser History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Meuser Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Meuser Early Notables (pre 1700)



During this period prominent bearers of the name Meuser were Andreas Musculus (his real name was Meusel) (1514-81), who was an influential theologian and staunch supporter of Martin Luther. Karl...

Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Meuser Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Austria was made a republic after the First World War. The Austro-Hungarian Empire was broken up by the Treaty of Versailles and many of its people found themselves in the new nation of Czechoslovakia. Many other Austrians and expatriate Austrians made their way to North America in the 20th century. Most landed in Philadelphia, later continuing on to the states of Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Some Austrian settlers also went to western Canada and Ontario. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Meuser or a variant listed above:

Meuser Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Conrad Meuser came to Philadelphia in 1754

Meuser Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joh Meuser, who arrived in America in 1854
  • Thomas Meuser, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856
  • Charles Meuser came to Philadelphia in 1859

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Contemporary Notables of the name Meuser (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Meuser (post 1700)



  • Robert Patrick Meuser (b. 1981), American rugby player, captain of the Division I University of Scranton Norsemen from 2001-2003
  • Jay Meuser (1911-1963), American abstract expressionist painter, illustrator, portrait painter and cartoonist
  • Dan Meuser, American politician, Secretary of Revenue of Pennsylvania (2011-)
  • Shelly Meuser, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 2008
  • Daniel Meuser, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 2008
  • Hans-Georg "Micki" Meuser, German bass player, studio musician and music producer

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    Other References

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    5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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    7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    8. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    9. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    10. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
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    The Meuser Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Meuser 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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