As a surname, Musselgrove was derived from a place name in Cumberland
. It comes from the Old English words "mus" meaning "mouse" and "graf" or "grove."
Early Origins of the Musselgrove family
The surname Musselgrove was first found in Cumberland
where there are villages names Great Musgrave and Little Musgrave. The family "originally seated at Musgrave in Westmerland, [Westmorland] and traced to the time of King John, about the year 1204. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
Another early record was Roger de Mussegrave who was listed in the Writs of Parliament in 1277. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Charlton Musgrove is a village and civil parish in Somerset
that dates back to the Domesday Book
where it was listed as Cerletone; later in 1225, it was listed as Cherleton Mucegros CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
relating to the Mucegros family who had a manor there at that time. Today there are numerous locations named Musgrave: Musgrave, Belfast; Musgrave Park, Brisbane Australia; and Mount Musgrave, Newfoundland and New Zealand.
Early History of the Musselgrove family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Musselgrove research.Another 311 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1346, 1350, 1553, 1631, 1704, 1664, 1718, 1688, 1736, 1655, 1721, 1684, 1607, 1678, 1640 and 1643 are included under the topic Early Musselgrove History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Musselgrove Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Musselgrove family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was Sir Thomas Musgrave, who was a member of the British parliament for Westmorland
in 1350; Christopher Musgrave (born c.1553), MP for Carlisle; Sir Christopher Musgrave, 4th Baronet
(1631-1704), Tory politician and MP, teller of the Exchequer; Christopher Musgrave (1664-1718), British Ordnance officer and... Another 63 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Musselgrove Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Musselgrove family to Ireland
Some of the Musselgrove family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Musselgrove family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Joe Musgrave, who settled in Virginia in 1635; Andrew, and Francis Musgrave, who settled in Maryland in 1774; William Musgrave, who settled in Virginia in 1654.
The Musselgrove Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Sans changer
Motto Translation: Without changing.