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From the historical and enchanting region of Austria emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Mousel 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 Mousel 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.

Mousel Early Origins



The surname Mousel 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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Mousel Spelling Variations


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Mousel Spelling Variations



One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Mousel include Maeusel, Meusel, Meussel, Meuser, Mauser, Mauserer, Maueser and many more.

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Mousel Early History


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Mousel Early History



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

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Mousel Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Mousel Early Notables (pre 1700)



During this period prominent bearers of the name Mousel 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 Mousel 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 Mousel or a variant listed above: Hans Michael Mauser, who emigrated to Philadelphia with his wife Agatha Gomminger and six children in 1751. Matheus Mauser had preceded them, arriving in Philadelphia in 1732. Juno Gottlieb Mauser came to New Orleans in 1820. Peter Meisel came to America in 1782.

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Citations



    Other References

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    10. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
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    The Mousel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mousel 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 10 August 2014 at 23:00.

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