Musscampe is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Musscampe family lived in Northumberland
. The name, however, is a reference to Muscamp, Normandy
, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
Early Origins of the Musscampe family
The surname Musscampe 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Musscampe family
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Musscampe Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Muscamp, Muschamp, Muscampe, Mushcamp, Musscamp, Musscampe, Musschampe and many more.
Early Notables of the Musscampe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Musscampe family to Ireland
Some of the Musscampe family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 65 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Musscampe family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Musscampe 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.