Muselburgh is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest
brought to England
in 1066. The Muselburgh family lived in Mid Lothian
, at Musselburgh
, from whence their name is taken.
Early Origins of the Muselburgh family
The surname Muselburgh was first found in Mid Lothian
where they held a family seat
. Conjecturally they are descended from an unknown Norman noble who moved north to Scotland
in the train of King David, Earl of Huntingdon
, who invited many of his Norman friends north, and gave them lands in Scotland
. They were granted lands in Musselburgh in the parish of Inveresk. John of Musselburgh was the first to settle there about 1160.
Early History of the Muselburgh family
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Muselburgh Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Muselburgh 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 Muselburgh include Musselburgh, Mussleburgh, Muskilburgh, Musselburg, Musselborough, Musselborrow, Musselborow and many more.
Early Notables of the Muselburgh family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Muselburgh 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
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 Muselburgh, or a variant listed above: Mathew Muskilburgh who landed in North America in 1766.