Musschampe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Musschampe is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Musschampe 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 Musschampe family
The surname Musschampe 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." 
Early History of the Musschampe family
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Musschampe 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 Muscamp, Muschamp, Muscampe, Mushcamp, Musscamp, Musscampe, Musschampe and many more.
Early Notables of the Musschampe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Musschampe family to Ireland
Some of the Musschampe family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Musschampe family
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 Musschampe 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.
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- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.