The Norman Conquest
in 1066 added many new elements to an already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Muskilbro family lived in Mid Lothian
, at Musselburgh
, from whence their name is taken.
Early Origins of the Muskilbro family
The surname Muskilbro 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 Muskilbro family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Muskilbro research.Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1190 and 1200 are included under the topic Early Muskilbro History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Muskilbro Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Musselburgh, Mussleburgh, Muskilburgh, Musselburg, Musselborough, Musselborrow, Musselborow and many more.
Early Notables of the Muskilbro family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Muskilbro family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Muskilbro or a variant listed above: Mathew Muskilburgh who landed in North America in 1766.