The name Mousquette reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Mousquette family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Mousquette family lived in Suffolk
. Their name, however, is a reference to Mousquette, Normandy
, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
Early Origins of the Mousquette family
The surname Mousquette was first found in Suffolk
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The name was originally Mousquette and is from Normandy
from a place of that name. It is not known when they settled in Suffolk
but it is presumed to be about the late 12th century. They settled in the parish of Haughleigh in that shire and became Lords of the Manor.
Early History of the Mousquette family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mousquette research.Another 244 words (17 lines of text) covering the year 1598 is included under the topic Early Mousquette History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Mousquette Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Mousquette family name include Musket, Muscat, Muscet, Muskett, Muskatt, Muskat, Muskot, Muskott, Mousket, Mouskett, Mouskette, Mousquette, Muskit, Muskitt and many more.
Early Notables of the Mousquette family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early Mousquette Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Mousquette family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Mousquette family to immigrate North America: David Musket who settled in New York State in 1775 with his two sons; James Musket settled in Maryland in 1743; Sarah Muskett settled in Virginia in 1670.