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Where did the English Musselwhite family come from? What is the English Musselwhite family crest and coat of arms? When did the Musselwhite family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Musselwhite family history?

The name Musselwhite reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Musselwhite family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Musselwhite 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.


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 Musselwhite family name include Muclewaite, Micklethwait, Micklethwayt, Micklethwaite, Muclethwait, Muclethwaite, Muclethwayte and many more.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Musselwhite 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 Musselwhite History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


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 Musselwhite family to immigrate North America:

Musselwhite Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Musselwhite, who landed in Newbury, Massachusetts in 1635

Musselwhite Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Arthur T. Musselwhite, aged 50, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Eddie Musselwhite, aged 9, who emigrated to the United States from Wilton, England, in 1914
  • Florence Musselwhite, aged 39, who landed in America from Wilton, England, in 1914
  • Hilda Musselwhite, aged 7, who emigrated to the United States from Wilton, England, in 1914
  • Frederick Musselwhite, aged 39, who landed in America from New Cress, England, in 1918

Musselwhite Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Eddie Musselwhite, aged 12, who emigrated to Vancouver, B.C., in 1914
  • Sidney Frank Musselwhite, aged 37, who emigrated to Vancouver, B.C., in 1914


  • Charlie Musselwhite (b. 1944), American electric blues harmonica player and bandleader, reportedly the inspiration for Dan Aykroyd's character in the Blues Brothers
  • Harry W. Musselwhite (1868-1955), American politician from Michigan
  • Paul Musselwhite (b. 1968), English football goalkeeper and goalkeeper's coach from Portsmouth
  • William Ralph Musselwhite CVO (1887-1956), English clergyman, Archdeacon of Oakham (19531956)
  • David Musselwhite (1940-2010), Welsh literary critic


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