The name Musslebirk was brought to England
in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Musslebirk family lived in Mid Lothian
, at Musselburgh
, from whence their name is taken.
Early Origins of the Musslebirk family
The surname Musslebirk 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.
Early History of the Musslebirk family
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Musslebirk Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Musslebirk have been found, including Musselburgh, Mussleburgh, Muskilburgh, Musselburg, Musselborough, Musselborrow, Musselborow and many more.
Early Notables of the Musslebirk family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Musslebirk family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland
, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Musslebirk were among those contributors: Mathew Muskilburgh who landed in North America in 1766.