England with the ancestors of the Muscat family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Muscat family lived in Suffolk. Their name, however, is a reference to Mousquette, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.
Early Origins of the Muscat family
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 Muscat family
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Muscat Spelling Variations
hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Muscat are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Muscat include Musket, Muscat, Muscet, Muskett, Muskatt, Muskat, Muskot, Muskott, Mousket, Mouskett, Mouskette, Mousquette, Muskit, Muskitt and many more.
Early Notables of the Muscat family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Muscat family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Muscat, or a variant listed above:
Muscat Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Muscat (post 1700)
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