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Today's generation of the Musselbirk family bears a name that was brought to England by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Musselbirk family lived in Mid Lothian, at Musselburgh, from whence their name is taken.

Musselbirk Early Origins



The surname Musselbirk 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.

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Musselbirk Spelling Variations


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Musselbirk Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Musselbirk include Musselburgh, Mussleburgh, Muskilburgh, Musselburg, Musselborough, Musselborrow, Musselborow and many more.

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Musselbirk Early History


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Musselbirk Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Musselbirk research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1190 and 1200 are included under the topic Early Musselbirk History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Musselbirk Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Musselbirk Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Musselbirk Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Musselbirks to arrive on North American shores: Mathew Muskilburgh who landed in North America in 1766.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

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    6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    8. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
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    The Musselbirk Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Musselbirk Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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