Muschamp History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Muschamp reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Muschamp family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Muschamp family lived in Northumberland. The name, however, is a reference to Muscamp, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.
Early Origins of the Muschamp family
The surname Muschamp was first found in Northumberland where they held a family seat, being from Muscamp, in Normandy. The original lands granted to Roger, Baron Muschamp in Lincolnshire at the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086, as with many of the Norman Barons accompanying Duke William in his Conquest of Britain at the Battle of Hastings, this great Barony moved north, and were considered the greatest Barony of the North of England. Reginald was the great Baron in 1130. Robert, his son, died in 1249. King Henry 1st granted many lordships to the family. Hugh, who remained south in York and Lincoln gave his name to Muscam in Nottingham. North Middleton is of particular importance to the family. "This place was, with South Middleton, anciently the estate of Robert de Muschamp, and a member of his lordship of Wooler: the manor became divided into North and South about the end of the reign of Henry III., and in the time of Henry IV. the former part was held by John de Farmelawe." 
Early History of the Muschamp family
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Muschamp Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Muscamp, Muschamp, Muscampe, Mushcamp, Musscamp, Musscampe, Musschampe and many more.
Early Notables of the Muschamp family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Muschamp family to Ireland
Some of the Muschamp family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Muschamp migration to the United States +
Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Muschamp name or one of its variants:
Muschamp Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Math Muschamp, who arrived in Virginia in 1664
- John Muschamp, who settled in Maryland in 1665
- Edmond Muschamp, who settled in Maryland in 1665
- Edmond Muschamp, who landed in Maryland in 1665 
- John Muschamp, who arrived in Maryland in 1665 
Muschamp Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- George Muschamp, who arrived in Maryland in 1713
Muschamp Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- William Anthony Muschamp, who arrived in Nebraska in 1908
- Robert Charles Muschamp, who arrived in Nebraska in 1908
- Ernest Frank Muschamp, who settled in Nebraska in 1908
- Arthur Douglas Muschamp, who settled in Nebraska in 1916
Contemporary Notables of the name Muschamp (post 1700) +
- Herbert Muschamp (1947-2007), American architecture critic, writer for the New York Times
- Cecil Emerson Barron Muschamp (b. 1902), British clergyman
- Emerson Muschamp Bainbridge (1817-1892), English co-founder of Bainbridge's, a major department store in Eldon Square in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne, England in 1838, re-branded as John Lewis Newcastle in 1974
- Emerson Muschamp Bainbridge (1845-1911), English mining consulting engineer, philanthropist and Liberal Party politician
Related Stories +
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)