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Early Origins of the Mussenden family

The surname Mussenden was first found in Buckinghamshire at either Great Missenden or Little Missenden, parishes that date back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when they were first listed collectively as Missedene. 1 The place name probably meant "valley where water-plants or marsh-plants grow," from the Old English words "mysse" + "denu." 2 We must look to the chapel of Great Missenden to find the first records of the name. "In the parish was an abbey for Black canons, in honour of the Virgin Mary, founded in 1133 by Sir William de Missenden." 3

Early History of the Mussenden family

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Mussenden Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Missenden, Missendin, Missendene, Mussenden, Mussendin and many more.

Early Notables of the Mussenden family

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Ireland Migration of the Mussenden family to Ireland

Some of the Mussenden family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Mussenden family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..

Contemporary Notables of the name Mussenden (post 1700) +

  • Miles Mussenden, English-born, American actor and music producer, best known for portraying Otis Johnson in Marvel's Cloak & Dagger
  • Isis Mussenden (b. 1959), American Costume designer and a member of the Costume Designers Guild, winner of the 2006 Costume Designers Guild Award for excellence in fantasy film for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • Daniel Mussenden Carey (b. 1969), English record producer, songwriter, mixer and remixer who owns his own studio in South London and runs the record label Speedy Wunderground
  • Mussenden Ebenezer Matthews (1750-1830), early settler in Iredell County, North Carolina, military officer in the American Revolution, speaker pro tem of the North Carolina House of Commons, plantation owner, and elder in the Fourth Creek Congregation Presbyterian Church

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print. on Facebook