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Musselman is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Musselman family lived in Yorkshire, at Micklethwaite, an area of Wetherby on the south bank of the River Wharfe. Micklethwaite is also a hamlet in Cumbria, north east of Wigton.

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The surname Musselman was first found in Yorkshire where they were conjecturally descended from the great Norman house of Buron, and was represented by Erneis de Buron, who held the lands of Micklethwaite or Muceltuit at the taking of the Domesday Book in the year 1086.

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Musselman family name include Muclewaite, Micklethwait, Micklethwayt, Micklethwaite, Muclethwait, Muclethwaite, Muclethwayte and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Musselman research. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1612, 1682, 1680, 1734, 1727, 1734, 1718 and 1727 are included under the topic Early Musselman History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 97 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Musselman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Musselman family to immigrate North America:

Musselman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Isaac Musselman arrived in Kansas in 1886
  • Isaac Musselman, aged 22, arrived in Kansas in 1886

Musselman Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • David, Frederick and William Musselman all came to Canada in 1831
  • David Musselman, who arrived in Canada in 1831
  • Frederick Musselman, who landed in Canada in 1831
  • William Musselman, who landed in Canada in 1836

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  • Otto Musselman, American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1916
  • O. E. Musselman, American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1920
  • Norman Musselman, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Nebraska, 1908
  • Karl Thomas Musselman, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2004
  • J. T. Musselman, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1932
  • Floyd W. Musselman, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1956 (alternate), 1960
  • Carl B. Musselman, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1972
  • Amos S. Musselman, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Governor of Michigan, 1910
  • Adah Musselman, American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1916
  • Roland J. Musselman, American politician, Socialist Workers Candidate for Presidential Elector for Iowa, 1972

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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: Favent numine
Motto Translation: By the favour of Providence.

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The Musselman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Musselman 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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