Mushcamp History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Mushcamp came to England with the ancestors of the Mushcamp family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Mushcamp 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 Mushcamp family

The surname Mushcamp 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." [1]

Important Dates for the Mushcamp family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mushcamp research. Another 62 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1660 and 1624 are included under the topic Early Mushcamp History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mushcamp Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Muscamp, Muschamp, Muscampe, Mushcamp, Musscamp, Musscampe, Musschampe and many more.

Early Notables of the Mushcamp family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Mushcamp family to Ireland

Some of the Mushcamp family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Mushcamp family

Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Mushcamp or a variant listed above: Math Muschamp, who arrived in Virginia in 1664; John Muschamp, who came to Maryland in 1665; Edmond Muschamp, who came to Maryland in 1665; George Muschamp, who arrived in Maryland in 1713.


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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