Muskett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Muskett is a name whose history on English soil dates back to the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066. The Muskett 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 Muskett family

The surname Muskett was first found in 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.

Important Dates for the Muskett family

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Muskett Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Musket, Muscat, Muscet, Muskett, Muskatt, Muskat, Muskot, Muskott, Mousket, Mouskett, Mouskette, Mousquette, Muskit, Muskitt and many more.

Early Notables of the Muskett family (pre 1700)

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Muskett migration to the United States

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Muskett or a variant listed above:

Muskett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Sarah Muskett, who settled in Virginia in 1670
  • William Muskett, who settled in Jamaica in 1679
Muskett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Muskett, aged 34, who arrived in Maryland in 1813 [1]

Muskett migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Muskett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mary Muskett, aged 21, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Prince Regent" [2]
  • Mary Muskett, aged 21, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1851 [2]

Muskett migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Muskett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • J. Muskett, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1861
  • Mr. Muskett, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Glenmark" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 12th December 1868 [3]
  • Mrs. Muskett, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Glenmark" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 12th December 1868 [3]
  • Miss Caroline Muskett, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Glenmark" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 12th December 1868 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Muskett (post 1700)

  • Netta Muskett (1887-1963), British writer of more than 60 romance novels from 1927 to 1963 who also used the pseudonym Anne Hill, vice-president of the Romantic Novelists' Association
  • Jennie Muskett, British Emmy Award winning and BAFTA nominated film and television composer
  • Arthur Edmund Muskett OBE, DSc, ARCS, MRIA, FIBiol., Professor of Plant Pathology, and Head of the Department of Mycology and Plant Pathology, and Author, Belfast, Ireland

Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE REGENT 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851PrinceRegent.htm
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
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