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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2016


As a surname, Musgrove was derived from a place name in Cumberland. It comes from the Old English words "mus" meaning "mouse" and "graf" or "grove."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Musgrave, Musgrove and others.

First found in Cumberland where there are villages names Great Musgrave and Little Musgrave. The family "originally seated at Musgrave in Westmerland, [Westmorland] and traced to the time of King John, about the year 1204. " [1] Another early record was Roger de Mussegrave who was listed in the Writs of Parliament in 1277. [2] Charlton Musgrove is a village and civil parish in Somerset that dates back to the Domesday Book where it was listed as Cerletone; later in 1225, it was listed as Cherleton Mucegros [3] relating to the Mucegros family who had a manor there at that time. Today there are numerous locations named Musgrave: Musgrave, Belfast; Musgrave Park, Brisbane Australia; and Mount Musgrave, Newfoundland and New Zealand.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Musgrove research. Another 311 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1346, 1350, 1553, 1631, 1704, 1664, 1718, 1688, 1736, 1655, 1721, 1684, 1607, 1678, 1640 and 1643 are included under the topic Early Musgrove History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 211 words (15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Musgrove Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Musgrove family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Musgrove Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • John Musgrove, who settled in Virginia in 1637
  • John Musgrove, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • Grace Musgrove, who landed in Virginia in 1651
  • Thomas and Grace Musgrove, who arrived in Virginia in 1651
  • Jane Musgrove, who arrived in Maryland in 1665


Musgrove Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • William Musgrove, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773

Musgrove Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • F Musgrove, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850

Musgrove Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • George Musgrove, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Sarah Musgrove, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750

Musgrove Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Mary Musgrove, aged 23, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Victoria Regia"

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  • John Musgrove, American politician, Democratic Party member of the Montana House of Representatives (2000-)
  • Spain Musgrove (b. 1945), American NFL football defensive tackle who played from 1967 to 1970
  • David Ronald "Ronnie" Musgrove (b. 1956), American politician, 61st Governor of Mississippi (2000-2004)
  • L. H. Musgrove (d. 1868), American West outlaw who was sprung from jail and then lynched by a vigilante mob
  • Ronnie Musgrove (b. 1956), American Democrat politician, Member of Mississippi State Senate, 1988-95; Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi, 1996-99; Governor of Mississippi, 2000-04
  • Richard W. Musgrove, American politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 4th District, 1891-92
  • P. Graves Musgrove, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1972
  • P. Musgrove, American politician, Candidate for Representative from Alabama in the Confederate Congress 2nd District, 1861
  • L. B. Musgrove, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1884, 1888, 1892
  • Harry Musgrove, American politician, Mayor of Hannibal, Missouri, 1965-67

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Sans changer
Motto Translation: Without changing.

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  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  4. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Musgrove Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Musgrove 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 27 April 2016 at 20:38.

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